The Ceramics area at UTEP is a dynamic program for student research. Traditional and contemporary approaches to this plastic medium are introduced at all levels of instruction.
The Ceramics area at UTEP is a dynamic program for student research. Traditional and contemporary approaches to this plastic medium are introduced at all levels of instruction. Ceramics students at UTEP study material, process, and conceptual concerns within both utilitarian and sculptural parameters. The curriculum stresses strong craft skills, a thorough historical appreciation of the medium, and the engagement with contemporary art practices and theory. This discipline is supported by one of the most outstanding facilities in the Southwestern United States.
The spacious, well-equipped 7,000 square foot ceramics area is comprised of two large studios, clay-mixing room, glazing room, and kiln room. The outdoor kiln lab has one wood fired train kiln, a soda kiln, and plans for a future salt kiln. There are two slab rollers, three pug mills, two extruders, and over twenty pottery wheels. Three large gas kilns and six large electric kilns are housed in the kiln lab, complete with two spray glazing booths, sand blaster, sander, and band saw. There are separate work areas for beginning and advanced classes. Access to the facilities for students is on an extended hour basis.