Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics
In our master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in ceramics, you may pursue study in pottery, sculpture, tile mosaics, or in some cases, other areas of interest. You work in new and traditional techniques with a diverse faculty of working, professional ceramists.
Across all studios, our overriding objective is to cultivate and enrich curiosities. We ask you to become comfortable with the uncertainties of risk while exercising the freedom of exploring what you don’t know, embracing the “what if” quotient. We want you to become an innovator and practitioner of change in your respective studio while being cognizant of—and a willing advocate of—tradition. Teaching to the unapologetically functional vessel through to conceptually framed inquires, the faculty encourages an open dialogue with other disciplines. This has been the underlying strength of our program through much of its 110-year history.
The 12,500-square-foot ceramics facility is housed in the Comstock Art Facility (ComArt), which is also home to programs in fiber and textile arts, jewelry and metalsmithing, printmaking, and sculpture. The total graduate population at ComArt is approximately 25 students, with four M.F.A. candidates currently concentrating in ceramics (all four of these candidates received assistantships with stipends).
The ceramics program’s facilities and resources encourage and accommodate experimentation with a variety of traditional and non-traditional approaches. Firing techniques supported in the program include high-fire reduction, oxidation, salt glazing, wood, soda, pit, and raku. We also support an Anagama kiln.
Ceramic art has deep roots in the Syracuse community. Boasting an extraordinary collection of 19th- and 20th-century American ceramics, the Everson Museum of Art has hosted the premier exhibition of American ceramic art since the 1930s: The Ceramic National.
The ceramics program has an active and varied visiting artist program, a history of curating exhibitions, and an expectation for its graduates of participation in the field on the national and international levels.