Ceramic Option


The ceramics field today is rich with opportunities in a wide range of directions for an artist, from traditional pottery and tile-making to sculpture, architectural wall reliefs or designs for commercial application. The field of ceramics is actively inclusive, encouraging, and supports open access and interaction among artists, craftspeople, and technicians who work in clay and inviting aesthetic discourse from all art areas.

Ceramics is one of the three options that a student may select in any of the Art Department’s three degree programs. The Ceramics Option provides four sequential courses from beginning to advanced level, offering a range of technical and artistic experiences. Additionally, there are special problems and independent study opportunities for more individualized student experiences. The senior thesis for the BFA majors may be carried out in ceramics.

Mission StatementFacility
The Plymouth State University 3D program is a dynamic program that focuses on the foundations of concept and technique, which together form the backbone of successful artmaking. Because solid technical skills are necessary to make the most out of good artistic ideas, and innovative technologies offer new frontiers for three-dimensional artists, the program emphasizes both traditional meth­­­­ods and new media to develop well-informed artists. You’ll explore how history and theory inform art making, art criticism, and art appreciation, so you’ll be able to articulate your artistic vision within the context in which you live and work. And when you graduate, you’ll be prepared for the next step in life, whether it be graduate school, a career as an independent working artist, or a career in another profession.

Program Goals
Graduates of the Plymouth State University 3D Program will:

  • be able to use personal creative problem-solving to develop an artistic idea through multiple stages, from initial concept through finished art work;
  • be proficient in a wide variety of technical skills in both traditional and non-traditional media;
  • understand historical developments of three-dimensional studio practice;
  • be able to articulate how her/his own work relates to modern and contemporary art theory;
  • gain the professional and life skills necessary to launch and sustain a successful career, either as a studio artist or in another related field.