Summer Ceramics Intensive

Summer Ceramics Intensive

The Tyler School of Art Summer Ceramics Intensive (SCI) is a studio-based program for makers using clay as their primary material of expression and who seek to advance their work, both the conceptual content and formal qualities, in a supportive and immersive environment. A six-week noncredit residency program, the Intensive is ideal for BA and BFA seniors and recent graduates aiming to strengthen their artistic and intellectual skills or build a portfolio for graduate school, as well as professional makers seeking rejuvenation, mental stimulation, and renewed inspiration. It aims to be both micro and macro, practical and heady; participants are challenged to look inward and clarify the intentions of their studio practice while concurrently experiencing the real world beyond their studio walls. The Intensive will explore relevant issues and current trends in the field, address the practical realities of being a maker present day, includes seminars on professionalism and art as Business, and will expose participants to career options in the field of ceramics, beyond fine artist and/or educator.

The Intensive will afford each participant significant studio time, individual and group critiques, theoretical discussion groups focused on assigned readings, visiting artist talks and demonstrations by nationally recognized makers, artist studio visits and field trips to museums, galleries and select historic sites. Students will discuss their work in groups and in one-on-one conversations with distinguished members of the contemporary art and craft worlds, the Intensive faculty, and visiting guest artist roster consisting of people both in and outside of Tyler’s BFA and MFA programs. The Intensive culminates in a group show of all participants work.

The Summer Ceramics Intensive Features

  • - Semi-private studio space in Tyler’s world class facility
  • - Field studies to galleries, museums, and artists’ studios
  • - Nationally known visiting artists
  • - Individual critiques by faculty
  • - Group critiques
  • - Weekly seminars, including 'Professional Necessities’ and 'CNC & Rapid Prototyping’
  • - Final group exhibition
  • - Optional portfolio evaluation by Tyler’s Ceramic Faculty for students interested in    graduate education

Program Structure

Katherine Lee Critique
Each week of the Intensive will be consistent in structure, the bulk of time devoted to working in one’s studio providing individuals the opportunity to engage in a sustained and intensive studio experience. Each person accepted into the program will be given studio space and have free use of Tyler’s new, world class ceramics facility with 24-hour access to the building. One workshop devoted to technical skill and or methods of making and one seminar focused on professional development, ceramic history, criticality or theory, are programmed weekly. Students and faculty of the Ceramics Intensive will participate in these weekly group discussions of contemporary ideas, theory and issues based on readings and current events. These seminars provide a critical exchange about artistic production and its institutions and discourses. Group and individual critiques, discussions essential to the growth of conceptual and technical skills of the visual artist, will take place weekly as well. Field studies will include visits to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Barnes Foundation, Moravian Tile works, The Clay Studio and select galleries and artist studios located throughout Metropolitan Philadelphia.


Jeff Guido will lead the Ceramics Intensive bringing with him 30 years of varied experiences within the field of ceramics; Guido was a staff artist, Gallery Director and Production Coordinator at Detroit’s historic Pewabic Pottery, was Partner in and Director of the Shaw Guido Gallery, was Sole Proprietor of Full Circle Studio creating tableware and tile retailed and wholesaled through accounts nationally, and is the former Artistic Director of The Clay Studio, Philadelphia overseeing their artist and exhibition programs. These past experiences afford Guido a unique and valuable perspective of the field that is freely shared with Intensive participants.


Tyler’s Summer Intensive provides for a uniquely meaningful and relevant experience. Its location in an urban environment on Temple University’s campus near center city Philadelphia provides for a cultural community of unusual depth and character, rich with museums, galleries, and working artists‘ studios. Tyler School of Art is home to one of the top ceramics programs programs in the country, ranked 13th by U.S. News & World Report. In Spring 2009, Tyler School of Art moved from its suburban campus in Elkins Park, PA, to a stunning new 160,000-square-foot building. The $75 million building, designed by Carlos Jimenez, boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and magnificent studio space. Its facilities are world class, the studio housing expansive state of the art equipment.

Philadelphia is a thriving city with a vibrant art and music scene. Innovative and historic cultural centers convenient to the new building include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Fabric Workshop and Museum and the Barnes Foundation. Philadelphia is located 90 miles south of New York City, 5 hours from Boston, 3 hours from Washington DC.


Up to four scholarships of $1,000 each are available. Every applicant will be considered. 


Housing for SCI students is available on Temple campus. The current rate, subject to change, is $33.00 for single occupancy without linens, $29 per person for double occupancy. Use of Temple housing is not required of the participants. It is simply offered as a convenience. Accepted students will be sent complete information about housing options.


All applications must include: 

1. A cover letter discussing your interest in the program, your work, and artistic goals (no more than 2 pages)
2. A résumé or C.V. including name, address, and telephone number (school and/or permanent)
3. Two letters of recommendation
4. 10 examples/images of your recent work

Digital images, letters of recommendation, your resume and letter must be submitted via


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$4,200 + $300 materials fee

2014 Dates

June 16, 2014- July 25, 2014
(six weeks)

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Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Confirmed 2014 Guest Artists

Adelaide Paul
Gregg Moore
Syd Carpenter
Kukuli Velarde
Doug Herren
William Daley
Nancy Blum

2014 Field Studies

Moravian Tileworks
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Snyderman-Works Galleries
Wexler Gallery
The Clay Studio
Gallery Joe
Pentimenti Gallery
Moderne Gallery
Locks Gallery
Philadelphia Museum of Art/Perelman Building
The Barnes Foundation
Rodin Museum




















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