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The ceramics program at James Madison University aims to provide an excellent learning environment for art making. This environment has evolved over the years. What students bring to their studies in ceramics and what they want from their studies personally and professionally are strong influences on this evolution

The purpose behind the thoughtful—and well-supported—evolution of the ceramics program is to graduate capable artists and craftspeople ready to work as teachers of ceramics or as independent studio artists, or equally ready to take on the challenges of MFA graduate programs in ceramics. More specifically, the ceramics curriculum encourages students to engage across a wide range of contemporary and historical practices, in order to develop technical and design expertise and conceptual awareness that together expand their aesthetic vocabulary. The deeply international nature of ceramic art always influences the program’s purpose. The program’s faculty, and the visiting artists the program has brought in, have intentionally reflected this reality by the examples of their own training and work.

Slideshow of Ceramic Students' work


The ceramics studio is a professionally equipped, spacious studio with plenty of natural light located in Duke Hall. The capacious studio includes electric pottery wheels, kick wheels, slab rollers, manual extruders, system 3 power extruder, slip mixer and drain table, plaster drying cabinet, spray booth, decal printer, photo booth, 3D printer, ball mill, clay mixers, pugmills, sand blaster, six electric kilns, and two gas kilns.

Ceramics Faculty

Maryalice Carroll

Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics

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