Ceramics Department

The Department of Ceramics at SAIC is a model of interdisciplinary investigation where art, design, and craft are the fields of research and innovation.

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Drawing from a wealth of technical and cultural traditions as well as from high-tech industrial applications, you will engage in a study and practice of ceramics that is 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, Sculpture and Performance.

SAIC offers one of the few ceramics graduate programs that focuses on experimental, contemporary ceramics, allowing you 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.

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Ceramics Department Office

280 Building
280 S. Columbus Dr., room 115


Phone: 312.857.7660

Department Chair

Marie Hermann mhermann@saic.edu

Graduate Coordinator

Salvador Jimenez sjimen@saic.edu

Senior Administrative Director

Katie Short

Administrative Director

Jessica DuPreez

Administrative Assistant

Maria Dunaevsky

Assistant Director of Ceramics Facilities

Bowie Croisant