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Department of Art and Design

Padnos Artist

Meet Nayda Collazo-Llorens, currently our Stuart and Barbara Padnos Distinguished Artist in Residence. (Read more)


Students choosing an emphasis in ceramics at GVSU can explore traditional as well as contemporary methods of working with clay.

Ceramics Student Work

The curriculum includes the rigorous development of a students individual approach to ceramics through the integration of ideas, materials, and processes. They gain an understanding of all phases of working with the medium including clay making, hand-building, wheel throwing, slipcasting, glaze calculation, and firing. As students advance through the program they experiment with different conceptual frameworks including function, design, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, and performance. The recent addition of an artist-in-residency program in ceramics gives students the opportunity to work with national and international artists on the GVSU campus.

Students may pursue a BA or BS in Art Education or a BFA in Studio Art in this emphasis.





The ceramics area includes ample classroom studios for group and individual projects. The facilities provide a complete array of resources for students including clay production, wheel work, glaze preparation, as well as gas, electric, and wood-fire kilns. Students earning a BFA in the ceramics emphasis are given individual studios while in the program

Students' Work

Ceramics Courses

  • ART 275: Introduction to Ceramics
  • ART 376: Intermediate Ceramics I
  • ART 377: Intermediate Ceramics II
  • ART 477: Advanced Ceramics I
  • ART 478: Advanced Ceramics II
  • ART 479: Glaze Calculation
  • ART 401: Senior Seminar
  • ART 498: Senior Project

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