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Fine Arts

Ceramics Concentration

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Emporia State University offers extremely competitive tuition rates, as well as tuition reduction programs and scholarships.

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Our students enjoy the benefits of small classes and a close relationship with ESU  faculty.

Program description

The ceramics program at ESU introduces students to handbuilding, wheelthrowing and casting processes in clay as well as a range of surface design, glazing, and firing approaches, and from the beginning provides exhibition experience through coursework. In addition to technical/material understanding and skill development, students develop awareness of the history of the medium as well as contemporary applications and practices. Personal voice is emphasized as upper level students exhibit works ranging from mixed media installation to functional pottery to sculptural objects, figures and tiles. Internship opportunities with local businesses and ESU departments foster professional design, production, communication and promotion, and can lead to independent commissions. Real world connections occur through the ESU Clay Guild, a thriving student organization that takes field trips, attends NCECA, hosts visiting artists, holds pottery sales, and holds Annual Open Studio Nights.

Degree requirements

See complete degree requirements.

Opportunities at ESU

  • Student Organizations. Join your artist community in clubs such as the Clay Guild, Glass Guild, Photo Club, National Art Education Association (NAEA), and American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA).
  • Art Galleries. Emporia has two galleries, the Norman R. Eppink & Gilson Memorial Galleries. Come be inspired by local and national artwork!
  • Student Exhibitions. Present your best work at the Annual Juried Student Exhibition, and admire the work of your peers.
  • Art Forum Visiting Artists Lecture Series. Come listen to and meet established professional artists from around the country.

Facilities + Visiting Artists

Studio Equipment

  • 4 Shimpo Whisper electric pottery wheels
  • 5 Skutt/Thomas Stewart electric pottery wheels
  • 1 Brent electric pottery wheel
  • 3 Lockerbie pottery kick wheels with motors
  • 2’ x 5’ slab roller
  • Concrete and plaster wedging tables
  • Bluebird 24-S side-loading clay mixer
  • Bluebird Pugmill
  • North Star Extruder
  • 3 large work tables
  • Hand truck, 5 rolling ware carts
  • Comprehensive assortment of studio hand tools
  • Ace 6” bench grinder, hand grinders
  • Plaster lined rolling cart for clay reclaim
  • Comprehensive dry materials/glaze lab
  • Hammer drills, blungers, sieves
  • Mold making
  • Gram & pound scales
  • Spray guns/compressed air/ventilated spray booth
  • Two Skutt KM-1227PK single phase, computerized Cone 10 electric kilns (9.9 cu. ft.)
  • KS-1027 Skutt computerized electric kiln (7 cu. ft)
  • Olsen 16 Kiln Kit Updraft Gas Reduction Kiln (16 cu. ft.), in outside
  • Olsen Updraft Wood/Salt Kiln (14 cu. ft.) outside kiln pad

Visiting Artists

  • Matt Mitros
  • Teresa Shannon
  • Jessica Brandl
  • Sarah Gross
  • Kyla Strid
  • Bobby Tso
  • Chandra DeBuse
  • Dawn Holder
  • Meredith Host
  • Carol Long
  • Rain Harris
  • Misty Gamble
  • Ben Ahlvers
  • Ted Adler


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Address + Location


King Hall 010D


Campus Box 4015
Emporia, KS 66801