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Art

Ceramics

 

 

Central Washington University’s ceramics studio offers students at all levels a progressive environment in which to flourish. Technical and conceptual applications in the media are explored in a learning environment that mentors students into their own personal research.
The studio philosophy prides itself on being flexible in its approach to constructing ceramic objects and the use of other media within the students work. Students are introduced to both utilitarian and sculptural applications through fundamental hand-building and potter's wheel techniques along with a focus on two and three-dimensional design concepts and aesthetic concerns. Advanced students explore specific applications of ceramic processes such as kiln construction, firing techniques with gas and wood kilns, mold-making, and advanced clay and glaze formulation, while being encouraged to develop a personal visual language and a conceptual framework.

Facilities

General room ventilation and tempered make up air; all kilns have exhaust ventilation. Glaze mixing area: 6 ventilated workstations with triple beam scales. Wet glazing area with spray-booth to accommodate large-scale work. Photo/Slide taking set up with lighting and scrim. Clay mixing room with 2 clay mixers. Plaster mold-making room Outdoor multipurpose courtyard with natural gas, electricity, water and Raku kiln.

Equipment:

5 sinks with sink traps.
Kiln room with 5 electric kilns (3 computerized),
1 test kiln
1 shuttle kiln with down draft / forced air
1 Olsen kiln with updraft / natural draft burners.
Bench grinder station and double decker ball mill.