Ceramics includes all the traditional approaches to clay working: throwing, hand building and sculpture, plus the study of clay, glazes, firing and kiln construction.  Students are encouraged to develop their own imagery and direction as part of the overall studio experience.  Second semester students have studio space available on a daily basis. 

This program focuses on personal expression coupled with solid knowledge of the ceramic medium.  Students take responsibility for making their own clay and have free access to all equipment in the Ceramic studio. 

Facilities Ceramics has 4,700 square feet studio space open 24 hours a day.  This area includes individual studio spaces for students with an emphasis in the discipline.  


Ceramics Faculty John Utgaard is a associate professor in ceramics.  He received his MFA from Alfred University and his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute 

Contact Information John Utgaard john.utgaard@murraystate.edu


Courses Offered 

ART 370 Introduction to Ceramics I (3). Beginning ceramics introduces students to a broad spectrum of clay working including the making of functional pottery, the vessel as metaphor, and clay as a medium for sculpture.  Students learn hand building, wheel throwing, and glazing among other basic ceramic techniques.  Design, craftsmanship and critical thinking are emphasized. 

ART 371 Ceramics II (3). Continued development of skills and concepts learned in ART 370 along with the introduction of advanced techniques including casting and kiln firing.  Ideation, criticism and discussion are emphasized. 

ART 372 Ceramics III (3). Continued development of the skills and concepts learned in ART 371 with an emphasis on individual investigation, technical finesse, concept, content, criticism and discussion. 

ART 471 Ceramics IV (3). Continued development of the skills and concepts learned in ART 372, largely through individually tailored and self-directed assignments.  Students in this class will be responsible for all aspects of the production of their work, from mixing their clay and glaze to loading and firing kilns.  Technical proficiency, criticism, discussion, and investigation of historical and contemporary ceramics will be emphasized.  

ART 472 Ceramics V (3). Continuation of ART 471.  Prerequisite:  ART 471.   

ART 571 Ceramics VI (3). Concentrated exploration of selected ceramic processes with emphasis on personal expression.  Prerequisite:  ART 472.  

ART 572 Ceramics VII (3). Continuation of ART 571.  Prerequisite:  ART 571. 

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