The Ceramics program at the Tyler School of Art welcomes students into a diverse community of thinkers and makers who challenge the medium’s boundaries.
Led by a faculty of practicing artists in state-of-the-art facilities, Tyler Ceramics students work in a close-knit environment as they explore traditional and experimental techniques. The program draws on the energy and resources of Philadelphia, a city with a longstanding clay culture and vibrant art scene, to forge community partnerships that lead to broader, inclusive perspectives, conversations and exchanges of ideas and opportunities for internships and launching careers as practicing artists, educators and more—all supported by the resources of Temple, a large public research university.
- 10,000 square feet of versatile spaces that are adaptable to students’ needs and allow them to fully execute their visions
- Four gas kilns, 13 electric kilns, a glaze room, an 18-station wheel throwing studio, a large hand building studio and “the Piazza,” a massive space for large-scale installations
- A full suite of traditional ceramics tools and high-tech equipment for digital fabrication, including ceramic 3-D printers
- A communal undergraduate majors' studio
- Six private studios dedicated to Ceramics MFA students
Community events and partnerships
Tyler Ceramics nurtures and supports the exchange of ideas through community-based projects, such as What’s the Tea? (students created dishes used to serve tea at a community conversation hosted by the African American Museum in Philadelphia) and Notes on a Permeable Husk (a series of student-run exhibitions, workshops and community discussions in New York City).
The Tyler Ceramics Collective is an official student-run organization devoted to collaborative projects and funding visiting artists, as well as the sharing of skills, advice and camaraderie to educate the broader community about ceramic art.