During the sophomore year, students are introduced to clay making, glaze formulation, throwing, hand-building, slip-casting, kiln loading and firing.
As juniors, students strengthen technical and conceptual skills by selecting from diverse offerings ranging from utilitarian pottery to sculpture and the making of ceramic tile.
In the senior year, students work one-on-one with a faculty advisor within an assigned personal studio space to develop a major body of work.
Courses in raw materials and kiln building hold particular interest. The raw materials course introduces the origins and properties of clay and glaze materials. The kiln-building course focuses on building a working kiln. Courses are also offered in the technology of 3D digital printing and fabrication in the new 3D Digital Fabrication Lab collaboratively developed between the School of Art and Design and the Inamori School of Engineering.