Why Study Ceramics at IU Southeast?

Ceramics at IU Southeast provides experience in a wide range of ceramic techniques, including hand forming, wheel throwing, glazing, clay body preparations, as well as numerous firing techniques. In addition, students explore mold making techniques, new developments in mixed media applications for ceramics, and investigate multiple contextual examples for how to incorporate an interest in ceramics into a broader art background.

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Ceramics at IU Southeast provides experience in a wide range of ceramic techniques, including hand forming, wheel throwing, glazing, clay body preparations, as well as numerous firing techniques. In addition, students explore mold making techniques, new developments in mixed media applications for ceramics, and investigate multiple contextual examples for how to incorporate an interest in ceramics into a broader art background. Students develop a background in ceramic history and aesthetics as well as strong technical expertise in the medium. Because of our excellent facilities and experienced faculty, ceramics at IU Southeast has attracted students from throughout the metro Louisville and southern Indiana region. Our graduates have earned post baccalaureate degrees in ceramics from colleges and universities throughout the country. Current news and events of the IU Southeast Ceramics studio can be found at the IU Southeast Ceramics Facebook page, the IU Southeast Ceramics Twitter, and The Clay Bucket.

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(see Fine Arts degree requirements for foundation and degree descriptions.)

B.A. Curriculum in Fine Arts: Ceramics

Foundations:
  • F100 Intro to Drawing
  • F101 3-D Design
  • F102 2-D / Color Design
  • P273 Computer Art and Design
Art History:
  • A101 Ancient to Medieval Art
  • A102 Renaissance to Modern
  • A449 (20th Century)
  • 300/400 level non-western Art History
200-level Studio Courses and Art History:
  • S200 Drawing I
  • S230 Painting I
  • S240 Printmaking I
  • S250 Graphic Design I
  • S260 Ceramics I
Upper level Studio:
  • 300 and 400 level studio: Take a minimum of 12 credit hours in Ceramics.
    • S361 Ceramics II
    • S361 Ceramics II (repeat)
    • S461 Ceramics III
    • S461 Ceramics III (repeat)
Seminar:
  • A401 Senior Art Theory

B.F.A. Curriculum in Fine Arts: Ceramics

Foundations:
  • F100 Intro to Drawing
  • F101 3-D Design
  • F102 2-D / Color Design
  • P273 Computer Art and Design
Art History:
  • A101 Ancient to Medieval
  • A102 Renaissance to Modern
  • A449, 20th Century Art, 1925 to Present
  • 400 level Art History, nonwestern
  • 300-400 level Art History, nonwestern or western
200-level Studio Courses and Art History:
  • S200 Drawing I
  • S230 Painting I
  • S240 Printmaking I
  • S250 or S351 Graphic Design I
  • S260 Ceramics I
Upper level Studio:
  • S361 Ceramics II
  • S461 Ceramics III
  • 18 credit hours of 400 level courses
    • S462 Ceramics
    • S462 Ceramics
    • S462 Ceramics or special topics
    • S462 Ceramics or special topics
Seminars:
  • U400 Sources and Resources, Professional Skills in the Fine Arts

The IU Southeast ceramics studio is equipped with:

  • a ventilated main studio with 13 electric wheels with workspace for hand building with 2 extruders
  • a slab roller
  • a ball mill
  • ventilated clay mixing room with 2 clay mixers
  • a pugmill
  • ventilated kiln room with large gas reduction kiln
  • gas reduction text kiln, small wood firing kiln
  • 3 computer controlled electric kilns
  • outdoor raku kiln and fuming area
  • 2 computer controlled glass fusing kilns
  • ventilated glaze room with spray booth and stainless steel countertops
  • mixed media and plaster work area with outdoor access including plaster mold dryer
  • compressed air
  • sandblaster
  • an assortment of hand and power tools
  • an extensive material inventory of over 150 clay and glaze materials
  • private studios for five BFA students in ceramics
  • additional storage space for student clay and art work

FINA-S 165 Ceramics for Nonmajors (3 cr.)
Introduction to ceramics through hand-building techniques, glazing and firing, and clay body preparations. Lectures and discussion included on ceramic techniques, aesthetics, and theory.

FINA-S 260 Ceramics 1 (3 cr.)
P: FINA-F 100, FINA-F 101, FINA-F 102, FINA-P 273. Introduction to ceramics through hand building techniques, glazing and firing, and clay body preparation. Lectures and discussion included on ceramic techniques, aesthetics, and theory.

FINA-S 361 Ceramics 2 (3 cr.)
P: FINA-S 260. Continued practice in ceramics and introduction to throwing on the wheel. Lectures and discussion included on techniques, aesthetics, and theory. May be repeated once.

FINA-S 461 Ceramics 3 (3 cr.)
P: 6 credits in FINA-S 361. Advanced study in ceramic studio practice. Advanced study of finishing techniques, clay body preparation, and glaze formulation. Lectures and discussion included on techniques, aesthetics, and theory. Individualized course of study with a concentration on artistic development. May be repeated.

FINA-S 462 B.F.A. Ceramics (1-6 cr.)
P: Accepted into B.F.A. studio major. Continuing opportunity for extensive practice in clay techniques. May be repeated for a total of 18 credit hours.

  

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Brian Harper
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Ceramics Area Coordinator
Ronald L. Barr Gallery Co-Coordinator
harperba@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2349
Office Location: KV 036
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