Ohio University

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Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics

Ceramics - Master of Fine Arts

What you’ll learn

The Ceramics program emphasizes the realization of individual goals. We encourage the exploration of ideas and materials to foster an atmosphere of diversity. We are committed to developing individuals who challenge contemporary standards while producing work of exceptional craftsmanship. It is our intent to prepare artists for competition in the complex, professional ceramic art world.

All students have access to a well-equipped studio that includes:
  • Twenty five thousand dollars in raw material inventory
  • Equipment consisting of over 20 potters wheels, 3 clay mixers (2 Soldners, 1 new Bluebird), 2 slab rollers, a ballmill, sandblaster, Slipomatic, glaze spraying booth and a well-stocked ventilated glaze room and clay mixing area
  • The Ceramics department has a total of 14 kilns, 3 indoor and 11 outdoor.

Explore topics like: hand building, wheel throwing, kiln building, glaze calculations, alternative processes such as 3-D printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting, material histories, alchemy and aesthetics, design, sustainability and social practice, pedagogy and professional practices in contemporary Ceramics.

Career opportunities

Ohio University Ceramic graduates are successful professional artists, secure positions as directors of arts programs and residencies, and are university educators, running and teaching in some of the top programs in the country in Ceramics, Sculpture and New Media. Ninety percent will remain working in fields related to Ceramics throughout their careers.

Areas of focus

  • Professional gallery representation; professional studio
  • University teaching positions
  • Artist-in-residencies
  • Fullbright awardees
  • Arts administration/museum and/or non-profit positions
  • Creative director, studio technicians, industrial design
  • Gallery manager, owner, curator, exhibition designer
  • Art writer, librarian or consultant
  • Studio assistant

Applying to the program

For application into the M.F.A. in Ceramics, both a Graduate College (online application) as well as School of Art + Design, Ceramics Area application must be received. Please adhere to the following check-list in preparing both of these areas of application. Applications must be postmarked by February 1.

M.F.A. in Ceramics

  • Online Application--through OU Graduate College online application portal at http://www.ohio.edu/graduate/apply
  • Application Fee--$50 for US Citizens, $55 for International (credit card or electronic check only)
  • Letter of Intent/Statement of Purpose
  • Artist Statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Three Letters of Reference

Send to Graduate College, Research & Tech Building, 2nd Floor, Room 220, Athens, OH 45701:

  • 1 Official Sets of Transcripts

Through the online application service at ouschoolofart.slideroom.com

  • 20 examples of artistic work with Information about each artwork
  • $10 SlideRoom application fee

Note: NO MATERIALS other than your official transcripts should be sent through standard mail.

Portfolios on CD or DVD will not be considered.


Ceramics faculty


The faculty, like the program, offer a great deal of diversity. Through their own artmaking careers and experiences within the field, they have gathered a large pool of information from which students can draw. If you’d like more information about the M.F.A. in ceramics program, please reach out to Area Chair, Professor, Tom Bartel

Tom Bartel

Area Chair, Ceramics