Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art: Ceramics


You have the opportunity to learn ceramics in a program that is known nationally and internationally for quality instruction, equipment, and artwork. Our excellent ceramics facility is also home to one of only three Tozan wood kiln sites in the world.  

You will:

  • receive instruction from working faculty artists
  • be exposed to numerous ceramic techniques and firing processes
  • interact with artists from around the world

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  • Facilities

    The Ceramics Complex occupies over 3 acres of land on NAU’s South Campus.  The state of the art facility includes a 10,833 square foot main studio complex; newly built clay mixing and dry materials storage building;  traditional Japanese tea house; and two out door kiln areas.

    Ceramics majors, space permitting, are provided semi-private studio space or workspace in a newly constructed communal studio. Students have access to a well-equipped facility that includes:

    • 22 Electric Pottery wheels
    • 36" Slab roller
    • Extruder
    • Soldner clay mixer and Peter Pugger clay mixer
    • De-airing pug mill
    • Fully stocked and ventilated glaze room
    • Spray booth
    • Ball mill
    • Photo room with lightbox and backdrop
    • 6 Electric kilns (programmable)
    • 4 Gas kilns (Geil downdraft/ Car kiln downdraft/Laguna updraft/Reduction cool gas test)
    • Outdoor kiln pad for atmospheric firings (Salt, Soda, Raku)
    • Wood kiln facility that includes one of three Tozan Anagama and Noborigama kiln sites in the world, plus double catenary arch wood/wood-soda, small anagama, train and double wide train kilns

  • Visiting artist program

    The department has an active Visiting Artist program, hosting an average of two to three national and international professional ceramic artists each year.  The visiting artist program exposes students to a broad variety of techniques and approaches to working in clay.

    Past visiting artists include:

    Adrian Arleo, Christa Assad, Rudy Autio, Susan Beiner, Joe Bova, Mark Burns, Doug Casebeer, Bede Clarke, Tom Coleman, Bruce Dehnert, Dave Furman, Vern Funk, Julia Galloway, John Glick, Christine Golden, Susan Harris, David Hiltner, Matt Kelleher, Gudrun Klix, Randy Johnston, Jan McKeachie Johnston, Eva Kwong, Justin Lambert, Jim Leedy, Matt Long, Karen Massaro, Lorna Meaden, Forrest Lesch Middelton, Prisilla Mouritzen, Dan Murphey, Takashi Nakazato, Tony Nankervis, Etsu Noguchi, Kazu Oba, Jeff Oestreich, Mr. Oh, Mark Pharis, Don Reitz, Deb Schwartzkopf, Brad Schwieger, David Smith, Paul Soldner, Karin Solberg, Shoko Terrayuma, Matt Towers, Peter Voulkos, Patti Warashina, Ben Waterman, Kurt Weiser, Matt Wilt, Russ Wrankle

  • Post-baccalaureate program

    The Special Student program is for individuals who have completed a BFA degree (or equivalent) and are in transition to the next phase of their artistic career. The program provides up to 2 students a year the opportunity to develop a body of work, in order to apply for graduate school or other future goals.

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  • More information

    For more information about degree requirements, visit the academic catalog.

    The NAU academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies.Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the catalog as the official, authoritative source.