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Ceramics at UCLA

In the Ceramics Area students are encouraged to explore myriad ways of working with the medium of clay, engaging with art historical and contemporary critical issues. Classes provide instruction in form construction (hand-building and wheel-throwing) and surface design (glazing and other techniques), so that students become competent in the use of ceramic materials. The ceramic studio is equipped with throwing wheels, slab rollers, gas and electric kilns, glazes and raw materials, a walk-in spray booth, and ample work room.

 

Ceramics Faculty

Assistant Professor

Candice Lin

Associate Professor and Area Head

Anna Sew Hoy

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Lecturer

Kristen Morgin

Ceramics Lab Supervisor

Shoshi Watanabe

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Location & Contact Information

Ceramics Area Location

The Ceramics Area is located on the first floor of the Broad Art Center, Suite 1275

Ceramics AV / Clean Room - Room 1275A

Ceramics Glaze Room - Room 1275F

Ceramics Lab Supervisor

Shoshi Watanabe

E: skano@arts.ucla.edu

T: (310) 825-8235

Office: Broad Art Center Suite 1275C

Lab Hours

Access Closed Until Further Notice.
Regular Hours will shift Quarterly based on class schedule.

Faculty Office Hours

Email faculty directly to arrange virtual office hours

Ceramics Faculty

Candice Lin, Assistant Professor

E: candice.lin@arts.ucla.edu

T: (310) 794-0811

Office: 5200C Broad Art Center

Anna Sew Hoy, Associate Professor and Area Head

E: asewhoy@arts.ucla.edu

T: (310) 825-3281

Office: 1275D Broad Art Center

Kristen Morgin, Lecturer

E: kmorgin@g.ucla.edu


Facilities & Equipment

The Ceramics Area includes a large throwing and handbuilding room, a glaze room, a kiln yard, a clean room, and a tool closet.

Instructional Materials Fee

All students must pay an instructional materials fee each quarter they are enrolled in Ceramics classes. As of January 2019, the fee is $65 and is payable to UC Regents. The fee supports access to mixed glazes, dry clay and glaze materials, firings and lab equipment and tools. Mixed clay from Laguna Clay is available in the studio for $8.75 per 25-pound bag. Other materials and supplies, such as epoxy glue and dust masks, are also available for purchase.


Ceramics Undergraduate & Graduate Courses

Undergraduate Ceramics Courses

Art 11E. Ceramics

Units: 4

Studio, eight hours; five hours arranged. Introduction to ceramic materials and processes, with emphasis on personal and cultural expression in ceramic media. Discussion of ceramics in contemporary artistic practice and social history of ceramic art. Letter grading.

Art 148. Advanced Ceramics

Units: 5

Studio, eight hours; seven hours arranged. Requisite: course 11E. Selected studies in ceramics, with emphasis on individualized creative experimentation with materials and techniques introduced in course. Methods and processes to be selected from range of possibilities, including handforming and modeling, preparation and use of molds, slipcasting, and use of potter’s wheel. May be repeated for maximum of 20 units. Letter grading.

Art 148A. Advanced Ceramics: Topics in Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Units: 5

Studio, eight hours; seven hours arranged. Requisite: course 11E. Varied approaches to clay media and content to develop students' technical, expressive, and conceptual tools to understand and explore anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Combination of courses 148 and 148A may be repeated for maximum of 20 units. Letter grading.

Art 197. Individual Studies in Art

Units: 2 to 4

Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: 3.0 grade-point average in major. Corequisite: course 190. Limited to junior/senior art majors. Individual intensive studio project or independent study, with scheduled meetings to be arranged between faculty member and student. Tangible evidence of project or mastery of subject matter required. May be repeated for maximum of 8 units. Individual contract required. Letter grading.

Art 198. Honors Research in Art

Units: 2 to 4

Tutorial, to be arranged. Preparation: 3.0 grade-point average overall, 3.5 grade-point average in major. Corequisite: course 190. Limited to junior/senior art majors. Development and completion of comprehensive research or studio project under direct supervision of faculty member. May be repeated for maximum of 8 units. Individual contract required. Letter grading.

Recent Student Work


Ceramics Graduate Studies

Ceramics is one of six areas of study offered in the M.F.A. Art program. The Ceramics Area supports art practices in which material experimentation with clay propels critical thinking and work across disciplines. Graduate students have the opportunity to define their position in the world through their encounters with clay during this three-year course of study. They are challenged to originate expanded definitions of ceramics and mixed media, including clay-based elements in performance, video and installation.

Ceramics Area Head Anna Sew Hoy serves as the primary adviser to students admitted to this area of study. Students also may work with faculty across other areas within the Department of Art and other departments across the university.

All M.F.A. students are offered the use of individual studios off-campus in the UCLA Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios, located in Culver City. In addition to individual studio spaces, the studio building houses photography, sculpture, ceramics, and computer labs, as well as open spaces for exhibitions, lectures, and group critiques. Although the Department of Art does not offer graduate level courses in the summer, the graduate studios are open year-round.

Graduate Ceramics Courses

Art 277. Graduate Ceramics

Units: 2 to 8

Studio, eight hours. Studies in ceramics and art with investigation of traditional and experimental processes and intellectual approaches to art practice utilizing ceramic media. Emphasis on development of significant body of original work reflecting student’s expressive and theoretical concerns. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

Art 276. Graduate Group Critique

Units: 4

Discussion, four hours; tutorial, to be arranged. Group critique/discussion of students' research. Additional tutorial meetings by arrangement with instructor. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

Art C280. Graduate Seminar

Units: 4

Seminar, three hours. Advanced topics in critical theory and study of contemporary art, with emphasis on individuals, issues, and methodologies. Possible areas of study include structuralism, deconstruction, feminist and psychoanalytic theory, commodification, and censorship. May be repeated for credit. Concurrently scheduled with course C180. Letter grading.

Ceramics M.F.A. Candidates

Saj Issa, sajissa.com

Sharif Farrag, www.shariffarrag.com

Sophie Friedman-Pappas, sophiefriedmanpappas.com

Molly McDonald, www.mollymcdonaldart.com

Jory Drew

Ayla Gizlice, ayla-gizlice.com


Ceramics Resources and Alumni