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 set of two-week noncredit programs, 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 learning opportunities through studio time, individual and group critiques, theoretical discussion groups and demonstrations by internationally recognized makers, artist studio visits. 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 people both in and outside of Tyler’s BFA and MFA programs. 





July 6 – July 17: Two-week workshop

Considered Service
Gwendolyn Yoppolo

$100 Materials Fee

As mindful makers, we consider the larger purposes served by our work, choosing aesthetic processes and qualities that manifest our in the shaping of gestures and lives.  During these two weeks, we will reflect upon our purpose as makers within contemporary culture, and build prototypes for a new world.  This workshop will explore visual dialogue to clarify our visions through two- and three- dimensional sketches, while refining the conveyed meaning.


July 21 – July 31: Two-week workshop

The Massive Wheel
Jason Briggs        

$100 Materials Fee

Wheel working as a technique is not reserved just for pots.  This workshop will re-introduce the wheel as a tool for sculptural production by bridging the challenges for building sculptures out of separate parts. We will discuss biomorphism, elusive enigmatic designs, and surface.  Our focus will be on assembling multiple non-pottery forms as a way to make a voluptuous curving piece.


July 6 – July 17: Two-week workshop

Digital Fabrication + Mold Making  [Session 1]

Corwyn Lund

$100 Materials Fee


July 21 – July 31: Two-week workshop

Digital Fabrication + Mold Making  [Session 2]

Drew Ippoliti

$100 Materials Fee


This workshop offers an introduction to the CAD / CAM design process with strategies for employing CNC Production of Prototypes, Molds and Objects.

Students will learn the fundamentals of Rhino3D and methods for translating designs into physical products. [Basic computer skills are required as well as a intermediate level of understanding regarding mold making.]


Program Structure

Katherine Lee Critique


Drew Ippoliti is the 2014 - 2015 Tyler School of Art Ceramics Artist in Residence, he is recognized for his work investigating blue and white porcelain in East Asia especially China and Taiwan.  Drew is a former J William Filbright Fellow, a Minsitry of Education Research Fellow for the People's Republic of China, and is currently a Taiwan Ministry of Education Research Fellow.  

Gwendolyn Yoppolo uses words, ceramic objects, and food to stretch boundaries and transform perception.  She earned an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University, an MA in Education from Columbia University, and a BA in Sociology from Haverford College.  She has taught at Ohio University, Ohio State University, and Juniata College, and has worked as an artist in residence at Penland School of Crafts and at the Archie Bray Foundation.

Jason Briggs is always searching for a fresh perspective and strives to create objects that have never quite been seen before. He intends for his work to provoke a temptation on the part of the viewer, while illicting the response of "What if I could touch that?"  Jason holds and MFA from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and is always busy working.  

Corwyn Lund has been exploring the potential of CAD / CAM for the output of  three dimensional objects since leaving his architectural practice.  He is a recipient of Canada's prestigious Ontario Arts Council Grant awarded for study in the Netherlands at the European Ceramic Work Center and in China at the Pottery Workshop.  


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.



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