In the Ceramics program students explore the role of function, sculptural approaches, emerging technologies, historical precedents, and contemporary practice within a comprehensive, studio-based and theoretical program of study.
Ceramics students have designated studio areas and guidance to pursue personal research and develop their practice.
- Multiple kiln technologies (computerized electric kilns, gas kilns, an outdoor kiln pad with soda kiln, small wood kiln, and catenary kiln)
- Full-color ceramic decal printer
- Plaster room and full clay mixing facility
- Fully stocked glaze room
- Extensive teaching collection comprised of decades of visiting artists’ work
- Individual studio spaces for third and fourth year students
ACAD’s Ceramics faculty are a diverse, engaged group of notable teachers and practitioners connected to the field at home and abroad. Each year, a new visiting artist complements the energy and expertise of ceramics faculty, teaching and working alongside students in the studio. The visiting artist contributes a fresh and diverse perspective, enhancing the learning experience and serving as a catalyst for critical dialogue within the college.
Studying Ceramics at ACAD has taught me the importance of patience, critical and creative thinking, and experimenting with materials.
"At ACAD I've had the ability to learn from students and instructors and from the larger ceramics community at through visiting artists and conferences. The studio-based learning environment has created connections between my ceramic practices and other mediums, like printmaking, painting, and drawing." - Ella Valge-Saar, Ceramics major
I have been able to explore how far I can push myself ...There's so much you can do with ceramics.
"My favourite part about the ACAD Ceramics department is its incredible involvement in pushing students towards greater reaches. Energy and inspiration is present in everyone's work. Clay as a material is soft and malleable, and ceramics serves as a medium for preserving our spontaneity and ambitions with every tear jerked, sweat broken, and laugh shared." - Shaun Mallonga, 3rd year Ceramics major
ACAD Ceramics alumni become studio practitioners, historians, curators, teachers, and arts administrators and more. Many enjoy international experiences through residencies and graduate studies around the world. Learn what some of our successful alumni are doing.
Each year students organize to attend the annual National Council for the Ceramic Arts Conference – held in a different US city each year. Extracurricular events also include field trips to the Medalta Historic Potteries, Medicine Hat and the annual 1000 Miles Apart Ceramics Students conference (hosted in rotation with the participating institutions: Red Deer College, University of Manitoba, University of Regina and Lakehead University).