Ceramic objects are sculptural, expressive, and useful. Regardless of the form they take, they create an intimate connection between the maker and the user.

The Ceramics emphasis at CCS offers instruction in thrown work and sculptural work. Students learn the scientific properties of clay and techniques for firing and glazing. They master a range of techniques, from the traditional to alternatives such as coil, mold, slab, and slip cast—creating molds to mass-produce pottery. Ceramics can incorporate a range of materials, including glass, steel, fiber, and stone and the open and flexible curriculum allows students to work with many other materials and ideas outside of clay, engaging the resources in other departments and collaborations with other faculty and students. These skills are relevant to careers in a range of sectors, from automotive and architecture to product design and museum restoration.