Within the Ceramics department, equipment and facilities* include:

  • Clay and glaze mixers
  • Extruder, slab roller, and wheels
  • Potterbot 3D ceramic printer
  • Free bulk materials (clay, slip, and glazes)
  • Mold-making facilities
  • Fully equipped casting facilities
  • 18 gas and electric kilns
  • Three state-of-the-art Blaauw computer-automated gas kilns
  • Installation/gallery space
  • Individual graduate studios
  • Ceramic Decal Printer Ricoh 820DN 12" x 18"
  • Walk-in spray booth
  • Cold working equipment: Lapping machine, water feed drill press with diamond coring bits, large diamond brick wet saw, diamond tile wet saw

* Note: While the department has two full-time shop technicians, ceramics students are responsible for lifting and mixing clay, helping to stack the kiln, and handling and storing their own pieces.


Resources Available to all SAIC Students Include:

Libraries and Special Collections

Unique access to important libraries and special collections including a world-class museum.

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Media Centers

The media centers provide audiovisual equipment and services to accommodate documentation, creation, instructional, and exhibition needs.

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Gallery Spaces

The SAIC campus showcases a diversity of student artwork across multiple exhibition venues. Students can propose to exhibit their work in a variety of formats and locations.

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Visiting Artist Program

Visiting Artists Program

Public lectures are presented by world-renowned visiting artists, designers, and scholars. Speakers meet with students through studio visits, roundtable discussions, seminars, and workshops.

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Metal Shops

Instructional Shops

From bedazzlers to sewing machines, from traditional wood/metalworking to CNC milling, the SAIC Instructional Shops are facilities that have the resources to help you realize your projects. The shops are equipped with a wide range of hand, power, and stationary tools.

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What the City of Chicago has to Offer:

World class museums and galleries

Since the late 19th century, when the museum collection of the Art Institute was established as a study center for the School of the Art Institute, students have used the museum's vast holdings to inspire and inform their creative and scholarly practices. No other school of art and design can claim such a major museum as part of their campus. 

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Unparalleled architecture

A living laboratory of the study of late 19th- and 20th-century architecture, landscapes, and interiors—the development of the Chicago school of commercial architecture, the flowering of the Prairie style house, the progression of the City Beautiful movement in urban planning.