The Ceramics Studio is located at the corner of Summit Street and Risman Drive. The complex includes two large communal work areas: hand-building and wheel-throwing, as well as a clay mixing room and glazing room. Faculty and several graduate student studio spaces constitute another large portion of the interior space. Multiple areas for drying and staging of ware in progress are provided for undergraduates and graduate alike.
The programs offers a large selection of firing kilns of all types. There are six gas kilns of different size and shapes for oxidation and reduction firings plus a gas-fired raku kiln and salt kiln. The tallest kiln has an interior height of 67” to accommodate life-size sculptures or batches of smaller work. There are seven electric kilns that range in size from a large oval kiln to a small test kiln. These is complemented by our unique wood kiln made of hand-made bricks made by our students. Its unconventional organic shape creates a venturi effect. Our wood-firings bring our undergrads and graduate students together to share a community firing experience. Our firings often bring exchanges with other schools like the Cleveland Institute of Art as well as visiting artists from around the country and abroad. All of our gas kilns, wood and salt kilns are designed by Kirk Mangus and built with the assistance of our students.