The Ceramics Program at Emily Carr University strives to cultivate a community of individuals with diverse interests and skills, and to foster collaboration and cross-pollination between art and design. Ceramics is a multidisciplinary practice that integrates ceramic processes with sculpture, painting, drawing, print media, digital applications, design, and architecture. The curriculum introduces students to a broad range of concepts, materials, techniques, and equipment within the context of contemporary culture and current art practices.
The curriculum acknowledges the rich history of ceramics, but still looks to current thought processes and techniques. Traditional techniques are merged with Twenty First Century digital applications, providing a wide range of tools for the exploration of ideas in both two and three dimensions. A commitment to both conceptualization and craftsmanship is paramount to the philosophy of the Ceramics Program, with consideration given to scientific, technological and social contexts.
Our students are encouraged to develop their personal aesthetic and to find their own voice in the material through rigorous investigation. The Ceramics curriculum affirms the need for direct experiences in the manipulation of material towards expressive ends. Process is considered as important as the end product. Demonstrations, lectures, and critiques - with emphasis on personal research and studio work - are used to achieve these goals.
Students develop their work in a hands-on studio environment that supports theory and practice. The studio is currently equipped with 14 assorted kilns: including a 60 cubic foot car kiln, and eleven electric kilns. Other equipment includes a slab-roller, extruders, wheels, jolly jigger wheel, plaster lathe, pugmill, ball mills, clay mixer and blunger, spray booth, masonry saw, decal printer, glaze lab, and plaster studio. Classes range from technical uses of the material to theory and practice.