Ceramics courses are taught from a fine arts perspective. Our primary objective for students who have chosen ceramics as their "area of emphasis" is that they find, clarify, and strengthen their own voice in communicating ideas through the medium of ceramics.
Towards that end the well rounded education in ceramics at CSU Chico includes a thorough grounding in the medium's technical processes; a strong awareness of contemporary issues in ceramic art (and the context from which contemporary ceramics has emerged); a firm understanding of professional procedures for the ceramic artist; and a focused developement of student's creativity, sense of aesthetics, critical thinking abilities, and communication skills.
The ceramics program at CSU Chico has been designed with the needs of our students in mind. The 6,400 square foot facility features two separate classroom studios; a Raku kiln area in addition to two kiln rooms which house 14 gas and electrical kilns (11 of which were new as of 1998); separate clay and glaze material labs as well as an outside area for large volume clay preparation; and additional workspace in a covered outside area. Courses emphasize artistic expression and challange students to explore the range of ceramic processes. From handbuilding and wheelforming to moldmaking, in low fire oxidation through high temperature reduction, CSU Chico's ceramics program provides students the opportunity for a comprehensive experience.