Ceramics

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.

Facilities

  • 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).

Student communities
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.

News

  • Tyler Alumni in 5 into 1 Exhibition (May 23–June 23, 2019)

    On May 23, 2019, in the Tyler School of Art’s Green Hallway Gallery, Philadelphia Sculptors hosted the opening of its 20th annual 5 into 1 exhibition (on view through ...

  • Undergraduate
  • BFA in Ceramics with Entrepreneurial Studies

    In partnership with the Fox School of Business at Temple, the Tyler School of Art offers a BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies degree in all BFA major disciplines. The BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies is a 126-credit degree program integrating t... More More about BFA in Ceramics with Entrepreneurial Studies

  • Graduate
    Alumni Spotlight

    Kat Lee

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    Kat Lee is currently working in Strafford Pennsylvania at the Woodlyne School as the Middle & Upper School Art Teacher. Having graduated from Tyler School of Art in May 2014 with a BFA and a teaching certificate, Kat has been busy furthering her art practice.   In 2014 Kat was awarded the prestigious Windgate Fellowship, which has afforded her the opportunity to participate in the Teaching Assistantship Program at the Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee learning from Hiroe Hanazono and Lana Wilson.  With plans to complete research trips to London and Amsterdam this winter in conjunction to the Windgate Fellowship Kat is hoping to exhibit new studio work in Spring / Summer 2015. Regarding the education received at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Kat Lee says, “Without Tyler I would have not received the support I did; I was encouraged to test and fail and retest all of my curiosities.  It was a great institution to work in all aspects of art.” More

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