Bisque firing area in the ceramics studio space where students put their project work.

Adjacent to the Visual Arts Building, the School of Visual Arts ceramics studio provides instructional and work space for ceramics students and houses the kilns that finish the students' work. Kilns are state-of-the-art and energy-efficient, providing students both hands-on experience and control over their work.

Ceramics Studio Equipment includes:

  • 15 Brent and Shimpo brand electric pottery wheels
  • A large slab roller
  • A wall-mounted large capacity clay extruder
  • A fully stocked glaze room with extensive material inventory
  • A ventilated spray booth and an assortment of spray guns
  • Digital and analog scales
  • Several L&L brand electric kilns in medium and large sizes
  • A large gas kiln built by Donovan Palmquist
  • An extremely large gas car kiln built by Donovan Palquist
  • A computer controlled Blauuw gas kiln
  • A small gas kiln built by faculty and students
  • An outdoor salt kiln built by faculty and students
  • An outdoor two chambered wood kiln built by faculty and students
  • A stockpile of kiln burners, controls, and bricks for experimental kiln projects
  • Two Soldner clay mixers for mixing large clay batches
  • A large pugmill
  • A unique collection of bisque-fired demonstration objects created by prominent visiting artists over several decades

More than pots and process...

Spinning wheels. Handbuilding. Mixing glazes. Trimming. Traditional shapes and challenging conventions. Penn State Ceramics.