Since the dawn of time humans have used clay to fulfill our utilitarian needs and satisfy our creative impulses. In many cases ceramic objects are the predominant source of information for archeologists and anthropologists in the study of ancient cultures. Modern ceramic artists enjoy an incredibly vast and rich historical perspective of the medium which, combined with contemporary art issues, has helped these artists achieve the same status as painters and sculptors in the fine arts. In addition, contemporary ceramic artists are infiltrating industry and bringing vigor and life back to the functional objects we all use daily. Ceramics today is an incredibly dynamic and rewarding field of study.
Ceramics at BGSU
The Ceramics program at BGSU introduces students to a wide range of techniques and processes with an emphasis on creative thinking and individual artistic growth. Students are exposed to the rich history of ceramic art and are expected to achieve excellence in aesthetics, concept, craftsmanship, and professionalism while developing their unique artistic visions. The studio experience emphasizes community and the ability to work in a group, offering many opportunities for individual leadership. Students participate in every facet of a functioning studio from mixing their own clays and glazes through firing their own work. Study of sculpture, pottery, and the vessel is encouraged.
Undergraduates can pursue a degree in ceramics through a B.F.A. in 3D Studies, a B.F.A. in Art Education, or a B.A. in 3D Studies. Undergraduate art students take courses across a range of studio areas and in art history. Bowling Green State University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Ceramics curriculum includes courses in Kilnbuilding and Glazes and Raw Materials as well as general studio courses and a senior-level course in Professional Practices. The program in Ceramics is designed to prepare students to be fully functioning artists upon graduation, prepared to open their own studio or to pursue further study.