The pottery area at Colorado State University is committed to providing a comprehensive curriculum in the range of processes and concepts present in contemporary ceramic art. The philosophy of the area encourages the concurrent development of critical, technical, and manual skills. Issues and debates in contemporary Crafts, Sculpture, Architecture, Design, and Studio Pottery are presented alongside a rigorous exploration of forming and decorating processes and technology.
Facilities: The Pottery studio is housed in it's own 4000 square foot studio adjacent to the main art building. Facilities include: 17 Lockerbie Pottery wheels, extruder, spray booth, installation space, a plaster mixing area and an open studio space for building and storing work.
Kilns: 12 electric kilns, 2 gas reduction kilns (one computer controlled for large sculpture) and a salt kiln. The studio provides space and materials for construction of special purpose and experimental kilns.
Clay and Glaze Mixing: A comprehensive glaze and materials lab. Clay mixers include: a "Shar" brand industrial slip mixer and a "BlueBird" clay mixer.
CNC Mill: K2 Brand Computer Controlled Router with 48" x 96" x 12" working area
In addition to the BFA (Pottery Concentration) Competitive applications are accepted each year for 1-2 Post-Baccalaureate positions. This program is designed for students who have completed their undergraduate education and are seeking a year of focused study in preparation for graduate school or other professional practice. "Post-Bac" students work closely with the Pottery faculty in the development of their own work and assisting in the function of the studio, and in some cases as Teaching Assistants for undergraduate classes. For application information and deadlines, please contact area faculty.
- ART 240 – POTTERY I
This course is an introduction to pottery as a distinct genre of art practice: including instruction in throwing on the pottery wheel, hand-building techniques such as pinching/coiling/slab building and other construction techniques. Assignments include the study and replication of historical pottery forms with the addition of invented ornamental surfaces, wheel thrown projects that focus on questions of utility and function, sculpting animals and architectural ornament. Assignments are designed to develop critical, technical and manual skills. Class discussions of readings, lectures and class projects focus on developing verbal and observational skills. The Pottery I curriculum also provides students the opportunity to mix their own clay and load and fire electric kilns.
- ART 340 and 341 – POTTERY II and III
Intermediate courses provide more in-depth exploration of the concepts and processes presented in Pottery I, with a focus on more advanced construction techniques, color development, and the exploration of new forms. The curriculum rotates study topics between surface and scale explorations and mold making and multiples. Assignments range from tableware and functional objects, wall pieces and tiles, sculpture and site specific works. Students are introduced to raw materials and glaze calculation for developing clay bodies and glazes. The procedures for loading and firing electric, gas and salt kilns are also included in the intermediate course curriculum.
- ART 440 and 441 – POTTERY IV and V
The senior studio courses focus on student's individual research. Weekly meetings with area faculty and group discussions guide research topics and foster the development of a focused studio practice. Research for individual projects and readings relevant to issues in contemporary art and craft continue to be an integral part of the curriculum. Students make their own clay, glazes, and load/fire kilns. Pottery V is the final semester of the senior studio and the capstone for the pottery area. The main focus is to develop a cohesive body of work to exhibit. In addition, students create a professional portfolio that includes an artist statement, technical statement, resume and professional quality images of thesis exhibit.
- ART 495 and 496 – Independent Study and Group Study
In independent study and group study courses are available to students who have completed two semesters of Pottery coursework at CSU. These classes provide students the opportunity to select an area within the Pottery area to focus on developing greater knowledge and proficiency.