Ceramics

The Ceramics program at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture 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, 12 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.

 

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News

  • Paolo Mentasti (MFA '23) Showcases Work in Revived Sculpture Straw Gallery

    This year, Sculpture’s Straw Gallery, located at the studio’s entrance, will feature two-week exhibition periods that showcase the work of current MFA students. To kic...

  • Tyler's Second-Year MFA Cohort Displays Dissonant Exhibition, "NO SIGNAL"

    Christen Baker (MFA ‘23) curated the exhibition NO SIGNAL, now on view in the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery, with the intention of engaging the second-year MFA cohort ac...

  • Kukuli Velarde Displays Time-Based Sculpture in Tyler Courtyard

    This week, Tyler School of Art and Architecture became a satellite host for an installation by Peruvian artist and adjunct Ceramics Professor Kukuli Velarde in collabo...

  • Undergraduate
  • BFA in Ceramics with Entrepreneurial Studies

    In partnership with Temple University’s Fox School of Business, Tyler offers a BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies as an option for students who want to learn skills for entrepreneurship, from innovative thinking to how to start a business, as p... More More about BFA in Ceramics with Entrepreneurial Studies

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