Ceramics is structured to train and expose students to both traditional and contemporary methods of creative expression with clay. Extensive hand-building techniques and skill on the potter's wheel are developed. Emphasis is placed on craftsmanship and an understanding of all the inherent working characteristics of the ceramic media. Natural gas, electric, and wood fired kilns are available for use at various temperature ranges. Oxidation, reduction stoneware, salt and raku firing techniques are utilized. Hands-on studio experience is supported by abundant visual exposure to global, historical, and contemporary clay art works. The overall educational objective is to foster a love of clay, facilitate individual idea development among student artist/artisan and to prepare individuals for a life-long vocational or avocational involvement in ceramics.
Graduates from Fredonia not only become successful makers in ceramics but also pursue a diverse range of careers. Graduates set up their own studio practices; become artists in residence or assistants in another artist's studio. Other opportunities include designing for industry, continuing in graduate study, or becoming a teacher through the postgraduate certificate route. Many of our graduates set up businesses and sell their creations through galleries, shops, craft and design fairs, or take commissions. The skills of our graduates also enable them to work in museums and galleries, education, retail management, environmental planning, historic restoration and conservation, community work, industrial design, arts administration, arts therapy, events organization and publishing. Graduates also often continue to study on some of the nation’s best MFA programs.