Ceramics

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Studio Art

  • Foundation in 3-D design with a focus on the clay medium
  • Fully equipped ceramics studio with personal workspaces

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Ceramics at Marywood

The curricular goal of the Ceramics Program is to develop a strong three-dimensional design background while learning about the technical complexity of clay as the primary medium. Project concepts are grounded in contemporary ceramics art movements, good design in ceramics industry and the historical record of clay objects since prehistoric times.

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Peter Hoffer
Associate Professor of Art, Area Coordinator - Printmaking, Foundations

Sam Olfano
Assistant Professor of Art, Area Coordinator - Photography

Christine Medley
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Area Coordinator - Graphic Design

Dennis Corrigan
Assistant Professor of Art
This is just a sample of our Visual Arts faculty - see them all!

Our ceramics studio includes:

  • Brent slab roller
  • Brent electric wheels
  • Brent kick wheels
  • Lockerbie kick wheels
  • Handcrafted cherry treadle
  • Extruders with various sized barrels
  • Soldner clay mixer
  • Pug mill
  • Electric kilns of various sizes
  • 3-cubic foot Alpine gas kiln
  • 20-cubic foot Laguna gas kiln
  • Gas raku kiln
  • Spray/glaze booths
  • Slip/casting station

Ceramics majors also have access to personal workspaces that are connected to the main work room and kiln room.

The curricular goal is the development of persons with knowledge, technical skills, conceptual abilities and artistic sensitivity within a supportive environment to prepare them for the demanding and competitive design fields.

Kathryn

My experience at Marywood has driven me to excel in everything I do throughout my design career.

I graduated from Marywood University in 2010 with my BFA in Graphic Design.  I currently serve as the Creative Director at Net Driven, a web design and internet marketing company based in Scranton, PA.  Net Driven focuses on helping independent automotive businesses thrive in their surrounding communities throughout the United States and Canada.

In my position, I oversee the website creation and development process from start to finish.  I ensure that every website meets the high company standard while urging my team of 10 to push their creative limits daily.  I also have a major hand in the online software development arena, collaborating with Net Driven's in-house software development team to create the overall look of online products as well as defining the user experience.  I have even helped shape the company brand by formulating brand guidelines and designing mass marketing materials for Net Driven's own self-promotion.

My experience at Marywood has driven me to excel in everything I do throughout my design career.  Marywood has taught me to always look forward for the next great idea.  I was always encouraged to take that "extra step" with my education through community service and honors coursework.  I currently continue this mission with my team by providing supplemental trainings, reading discussions, and team building activities both in and out of the office that enrich the everyday experience of working for Net Driven.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.F.A. Studio Art (2-D, 3-D)

Within the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art major, there are two areas of emphasis: 2-D and 3-D. The Studio Art program equips students to meet an ever-changing and competitive field through a commitment to creative thinking and endeavor. The goal for students is that they become independent, creative thinkers, responsible to a wide audience and assertive in their own kind of expression. All students take foundation courses, intermediate students take intermediate level 2-D or 3-D courses. In sequential upper-level courses, students choose advanced courses in painting, illustration, ceramics or sculpture.

Foundation Courses for both 2-D and 3-D Emphases

15 credits

ART 110 Basic Drawing
3
ART 116 Drawing I
3
ART 118 Two-Dimensional Design and Color
3
ART 212 Three-Dimensional Design
3
ART 233 Painting I
3
ART 322 Foundation Portfolio Review 0

B.F.A. Studio Art (3-D)
Ceramics Track

63 credits

Students in the 3-D ceramics track develop a strong three-dimensional design background while learning about the technical complexity of clay as the primary medium. Project concepts are grounded in contemporary ceramics art movements, good design in the ceramics industry, and the historical record of clay objects since prehistoric times.

ART 113* Art History I 3
ART 114* Art History II 3
ART 215A Figure Drawing I 3
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era 3
ART 223 Basic Ceramics
3
ART 261 Sculpture I
3
ART 322A,B,C Portfolio Review
0
ART 323 Ceramics I
3
ART 325 Jewelry-Metal I
3
ART 241 Computer Graphics I
3
ART 328 Ceramics II
3
ART 329 Ceramics III
6
ART 329B Intermediate Ceramics IV 3
ART 455 Professional Contribution (Exhibit) 0
ART 464A Advanced Ceramics
6
ART 464B Advanced Ceramics
6
ART Elective Studio (3) or Fieldwork Experience (ART 449)
3
ART Elective Art History Elective 
3
ART Elective  Art History Elective 3
ART Elective Studio Elective 3

*ART 120 plus one additional art history course (excluding ART 113, 114, 430, 431, 432) may be taken as an alternate to ART 113 and ART 114.