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Ceramics at KCAI

Cary Esser, professor and chair of the ceramics department at KCAI, talks about the college's ceramic program.

Ceramics at KCAI

Ross Redmon, sophomore in the ceramics department, talks about the ceramics department at KCAI.

New and noteworthy programs in the ceramics department

New and noteworthy programs in the ceramics department

KCAI special status student program
Students who seek advanced experience in ceramic art but who are not working towards an undergraduate degree may apply for enrollment in the KCAI special status student program. These students enter KCAI with the intent to strengthen their portfolios for application to a premier graduate school or to refine their skills and qualifications for other professional positions. Special status students work under the guidance of a ceramics faculty member, participate in departmental critiques and attend a professional practice seminar.
                                                                      
Study-abroad program - International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary
This study-abroad course offers students the chance to experience living and working in Central Europe. Our home base for the trip is the International Ceramics Studio, a center that features comfortable lodgings and excellent studios with ample workspaces, numerous kilns and a mold-making facility. A special translucent porcelain clay is available for use. The studio museum houses an extensive international collection of contemporary works in clay, providing an excellent on-site study resource. Hungary has a long tradition of ceramics, from folk-art wares to the exquisite Art Nouveau luxury wares of Zsolnay and the fine porcelains of Herend. Extraordinary architectural ceramics are to be found on Hungarian buildings. Students see many fine examples of historic and architectural ceramics in Kecskemet, Budapest, Pecs and other cities we visit during this month-long course.
 
Mobility/exchange program - University of West Hungary
KCAI has made a mobility agreement with the University of West Hungary, giving American and Hungarian students the opportunity to exchange and learn while living in a new culture. The International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet houses the ceramics department for the University. KCAI students spend a semester working at this excellent facility, immersed the art history and culture of Central Europe.
 
Kiln-formed glass course
The KCAI ceramics department offers a course in kiln-formed glass. This introductory and investigative class presents methods of forming and coloring glass: flat drawing, reverse relief casting and slumping. The course encourages innovative uses of the materials, processes and production of glass elements to be used in combination with ceramic and other media. 
   
McKeown Special Project Awards
The McKeown Special Project Award was created to fund special artistic and research projects in the KCAI ceramics department. Students may apply for research-based travel or to purchase materials and supplies supporting the creation of an otherwise cost-prohibitive artwork. The application process mimics that of professional grant writing, offering students a skill-building experience in writing proposals as well as the opportunity to advance their studio and research work.
 

PBS and NPR spotlight ceramics at KCAI

PBS and NPR spotlight ceramics at KCAI

The KCAI ceramics department was featured in an Oct. 7, 2009, broadcast of “Craft in America” on PBS. The second hour of the two-hour program included a 10-minute segment about the strength of the KCAI ceramics program and featured interviews with Cary Esser (’78 ceramics), chair of the department; Professor George Timock; and several KCAI students and alumni. 

Laura Spencer of KCUR-FM Radio, Kansas City's National Public Radio affiliate, interviewed "Craft in America" producer Carol Sauvion, creator and co-executive producer of the award-winning "Craft in America" series, about the second season of the series. Listen to the interview.

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