About the Program
U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the University of Nebraska-Lincoln ceramics program in the top ten nationally. Our award-winning alumni are active leaders in the field of ceramics, and include full-time studio artists, university faculty, business owners, teachers and college administrators. Our curriculum helps you balance knowledge and skill-building with the freedom to explore broadly and develop an individual voice as an artist. Students can get involved even more outside the classroom in Clay Club.
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The ceramics area, located in Richards Hall, includes an indoor electric kiln room, a covered outdoor kiln pad, a glaze mixing kitchen, a well-ventilated clay mixing room and an organized tool and maintenance area. Classes are held in spacious hand-building and wheel-throwing studios with dedicated space for advanced undergraduate students.
Graduate studios are 300-400 square feet, private, semi-private and shared spaces located mainly on the second and ground level of Richards Hall.
- Private and semi-private locking graduate studios
- Indoor vented kiln room with 14 electric kilns, including a 16.5 cubic feet mid-range oval kiln (13 computer controlled and 1 manual)
- Outdoor covered kiln area containing ten gas kilns, ranging in size from 5 to 80 cubic feet, including tw soda and two salt kilns. All gas kilns have sliding or hinged doors!
- Vented clay-mixing room with two clay mixers and two de-airing pug mills
- Vented, fully stocked glaze mixing room
- Large materials storage area with a loading dock
- Large hand building and wheel throwing classrooms with plenty of natural light
- 36" slab roller
- Two extruders
- Hydraulic manual forklift with a 1,500 lb. capacity
- Vented dedicated plaster mixing room
- Ceramic 3-D printer
- Fabrication Space equipped with a full range of woodworking equipment, two Epilog laser cutters, a three axis CNC router, a CNC plasma cutter and six 3-D printers
- Digital Lab equipped with 11 Apple iMac computers, laser printers, large format inkjet printers (up to 44" wide), flatbed scanners, 36" blueprint scanner, vinyl cutter (with sand blasting/paint stencil mask) and a full range of photo documentation equipment available for checkout
- Permanent, fully equipped photo space for documentation of 3-D work
BFA Art - Ceramics Emphasis
Ceramic BFA students will be introduced to a range of possibilities in terms of forming and firing technologies. Working at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, BFA students help to create and represent the studio community collaborating with faculty members and graduate students pursuing their MFA degrees. You have opportunities to take courses with ceramic graduate students on kiln building, glaze and clay body chemistry, and ceramics history. In addition, through leadership and studio tech responsibilities we prepare our BFA students for artist residencies, assistantships, apprenticeships and internships leading to a professional career or graduate study.
MFA Art- Ceramics Emphasis
UNL offers the MFA degree with an emphasis in ceramics and seven other media disciplines. The UNL ceramics program supports a wide range of approaches to ceramic art. Our Ceramic MFA program is well-rounded offering specialized courses on kiln building, glaze and clay body chemistry, and ceramics history. Graduate students have opportunities to assist and teach undergraduate courses, work studio tech jobs, run and organize Clay Club and the studio at large while leading by example to foster community and excellence.
UNL Ceramic MFA students have been potters, vessel makers, sculptors, mixed-media artists and installation artists. Graduate students share spacious, well-lit studios mainly on the second floor and ground level of Richards Hall and take advantage of a wide range of studio equipment.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Clay Club is a student organization that is a forum for free thought towards the intellectual, conceptual and formal qualities of functional pottery and sculptural ceramics. Clay club is a RSO for undergraduate and graduate students with a particular interest in ceramics. Our organization is meant to foster community within the ceramics department through group events. Through bi-annual sales, Clay Club raises the funds necessary to bring internationally recognized artists to Lincoln for demonstrations, critiques and lectures. In addition, Clay Club financially supports student attendance of NCECA, the National Conference of Ceramic Artists.
All enrolled students in Ceramics are eligible to participate in Clay Club. Participation includes the planning and execution of the Clay Club Sale, the Visiting Artist Program and NCECA Attendance for active members. Access to the ceramic facilities is exclusive to those registered for ceramic credits, while all Clay Club members are welcome to participate in our Throw-A-Thon events. For more information about meetings and opportunities, please contact Dehmie Dehmlow, Clay Club President.
Ceramics MFA Alumni
Nettie Locke Rogers
Koi Neng Liew