The Department of Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is a model of interdisciplinary investigation where art, design, and craft are the fields of research and innovation. Students in Ceramics embrace the complexities and malleability of the medium, creating all forms of ceramic art, from vessels to installations, and exploring all aspects of the medium. Drawing from a wealth of technical and cultural traditions as well as from high-tech industrial applications, our goal is to make the study and practice of ceramics unique and urgently contemporary.
The SAIC Ceramics department reflects and embraces these contradictions, offering courses exploring interdisciplinary topics in ceramics such as the intersections of and shared methods, materials, and critical discourse among:
- Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects
- Fiber and Material Studies
The department focuses on experimental, contemporary ceramics, allowing students to move fluidly across materials and methods, using exploration of clay, sculpture, and studio pottery as a springboard for more personal and contemporary sculptural making. Free bulk materials allow for unlimited experimentation in the medium.