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Ceramics at Finlandia University
Earth, water, fire, air...art from the elements of nature.
The translucent glaze on forms of clay and the color and character of glass brought together by hands and firing, feed the mind and soul.
Our ceramic majors develop throwing and hand-built methods of working with clay. The direction each student's form takes can evolve to become sculptural, functional, or architectural. Experimentation with form and surface is encouraged from the start so our students understand how, together, these attributes produce an art object. Students can finish their objects in a variety of surface treatments, experiment with numerous firing temperatures, and incorporate other materials such as metal, wood, and glass into their constructions.
Our studio is equipped with electric and gas kilns, electric wheels, a kick wheel, and hand building equipment. There are also separate spaces for the kilns, clay preperation, and glaze mixing. Adjacent to the ceramic studio is our glass studio containing fusing and slumping kilns, an electric glass casting kiln, an annealing kiln, a diamond band saw and a glass polisher.
Students in both studios experience creative challenges designed to expand and develop their artistic abilities
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Learning Outcomes- Ceramic Design
In the transition from academics to professional practice, Finlandia ceramic design students will be prepared to: