Ceramics is an ancient art, dating back to prehistory. Our students learn to use clay as an artistic medium: throwing, building, molding, glazing and firing—as well as experimentation with new techniques. Students explore individual ideas and develop a personal vocabulary of aesthetics.
Meet Rosa Salas (BFA in Art, emphasis in Ceramics ’20), an international student from Venezuela who is headed into a teaching career. She was selected as part of just a handful of graduating seniors for a Journey to Commencement feature on the university’s website.
“I’ve definitely grown a lot and I’ve learned everything I know about art from this department. I came in with no background in art other than the appreciation for it.”
Meet the Faculty
The ceramics program is headed by Matt Long, Professor of Art and Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Art and Art History, who recently won the most outstanding teacher award in the College of Liberal Arts. Beyond campus, his department colleagues report that Matt “is recognized at the top of his field by his contemporaries with celebrity-like status and is sought after by institutions across the country to have him lecture or give a workshop.”
Along with graduate students, Andrew McIntyre, Instructor and Ceramic Technician, assists in teaching and maintaining of the ceramics lab. A 2012 ceramics graduate from UM, Andrew attended graduate school at Syracuse University, and participated in residencies at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, and at Golden Bridge Pottery in Pondicherry, India.
The Mud Daubers are a group of graduate and advanced student ceramicists led by Professor Matt Long and Andrew McIntyre. They participate in various events including the Double Decker Arts 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 many national and international visiting artists to our department. For more information, call (662)915-5860.
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