University of Mississippi

Ceramics

 

Overview:

Students will learn to use clay creatively to make both utilitarian and non-functional sculptural ceramics with wheel-thrown and hand-building methods. They also become skilled at making clay and glazes and firing different kilns.

Ceramic courses are offered on all levels and complemented with demonstrations, lectures, and critiques from professors, instructors, and visiting artists.

This area of study is headed by Matt Long, Associate Professor of Art. Ceramic Technician Ernest Forward, along with two adjunct professors and four graduate students, also assists in teaching and maintaining of the ceramics lab.

Ceramics is offered as an emphasis area of study for both undergraduate students and graduate students.

 

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Facilities and Equipment:

The ceramics area is housed on the first floor of Meek Hall in room 127 and consists of a large indoor studio/teaching area, clay-mixing and storage area, loading dock, well-equipped glaze lab, and an outdoor kiln pad. This 5,674 square foot classroom/studio space houses all facets of the ceramics area.

The main teaching room houses wheels, large working tables and locker space for student work. All students have storage for their work and tools with access to public shelving and rolling carts.

There are four 9 ft. x 16 ft. semi-private studios for graduate students.

The glaze lab/electric kiln area is well equipped; with easy and appropriate access to sinks, spray booth, glazes and material bins.

The clay mixing room has adequate ventilation for the equipment with its own heat and air units. The roll up door/loading dock provides easy access to delivery of materials.

The outdoor kiln pad houses all high fire gas kilns in a semi enclosed/ open air space for ventilation.

 

1. Outdoor/open air kiln pad;(Ceramics Kiln Area, 1,200 s.f.). 
3 gas reduction kilns
1 salt kiln
1 soda kiln
2 raku kilns

2. Loading dock with clay mixing and storage (900 s.f.).
2 Soldner clay mixers
ventilation unit
ball mill
brick saw
slip-o-matic
approximately 30 tons of raw materials

3. 127 Teaching Lab (1,570 s.f.).
25 electric wheels
Large tables for handbuilding
storage and shelving for all students work
4 semi-private graduate studios (dimensions, 11’x16’)

4. 125 Glaze Lab/Electric Kiln Room (1,249 s.f.)
Houses 9 large ware carts
1 large spray booth with its own ventilation system
6 electric kilns (5 with computer controls)
2 tables with material bins/ hood ventilation system isolated to the table top

Lab hours out side of regular class time:

Monday- Friday, 5:00-10:00, Sunday, 12:00pm- 8:00pm

 

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Organizations:

Mud Daubers
The Mud Daubers are a group of advanced student ceramicists led by Assistant Professor Matt Long. They participate in various events such as the Double Decker Art Festival, Empty Bowls project and Ole Miss Alumni projects throughout the year as well as host a fall and spring sale on campus. The Mud Daubers bring in many national and international visiting artists. For more information, call (662)915-5860.

 

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Visiting Artists:

 

Sara Panzarella–Fall 2011

Jeremy Randall–Fall 2011

Adam Yungbluth–Fall 2011

Jeff Johnston–Fall 2009

Tom Bartel–Spring 2009

Greg Crowe, Australia–Fall 2008

Brad Schwieger–Fall 2008

Robert Boomer Moore–Fall 2008

Leandra Urrutia–Spring 2007

Nigel Rudolph–Fall 2007

Cheyenne Chapman Rudolph–Fall 2007

Conner Burns–Spring 2006

Chris Gray–Fall 2006