Student Works in Progress

As the Spring 2017 semester draws nearer to its end, the atmosphere in the ceramics department is anything but winding down. The studios are packed as students push themselves to finalize their works before next week’s end-of-semester critiques… Continue reading

Students Discuss Their Favorite Pieces in the Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection

  Katie Pilmaier, a junior, explains her love for this delicate bowl of Daniel Teran’s (BFA 2007). “Whenever I try to think about what subtlety is, I think about this piece. It’s something… Continue reading

2016–2017 McKeown Special Project Award Recipients

The recipients of this year’s ceramic McKeown Special Project Award grants are seniors Austin Bradshaw, Maddie Scott, and Emily Souers. The grant was conceived by KCAI alums Byron and Deanne McKeown, with the goal… Continue reading

KCAI student Issac Logsdon receives Regina Brown Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that ceramics senior Issac Logsdon is a recipient of the 2017 Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship, organized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).… Continue reading

KCAI at NCECA

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is having its 2017 summit in Portland, Oregon next week, from March 22–25. The 51st annual conference, entitled Future Flux, is centered around the… Continue reading

Michael Strand and the Misfit Cup Liberation Project

Ceramic artist and North Dakota State University professor Michael Strand gave a talk earlier today as part of the Current Perspectives lecture series, and is doing a workshop with students in Casey Whittier’s social practice… Continue reading

Mid-semester Studio Progress

Richard Notkin at KCAI

KCAI Ceramics alum and celebrated artist Richard Notkin (BFA 1970) is currently teaching a workshop centered around the ceramic tile to first-year students. For the six weeks that the workshop runs, his classroom in the… Continue reading

The Loss of a Legend: Akio Takamori

Last month, on the 11th of January, renowned artist and KCAI Ceramics alum Akio Takamori passed away. In the 1970s, Takamori moved to the United States from Japan and attended the Kansas City Art… Continue reading

Artstream Ceramic Library

This month, we have quite a few well-traveled visitors in the department; 29, to be specific. The Artstream Ceramic Library has generously loaned us their collection of cups to be variously used by the students and displayed… Continue reading

“Replication: Molds & Meaning” at KCAI Crossroads

Photograph by Archive Collective Sophomore instructor Casey Whittier’s elective course, Replication: Molds & Meaning, has a show on view at the KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice. The exhibition features works created by… Continue reading

KCUP’s New Home + Holiday Sale

Last month, the local pottery collective Kansas City Urban Potters (KCUP), of which our very own Paul Donnelly is a member, had the grand opening of its new shop, studio and project space at 4 Westport… Continue reading

Converging Practices: Work from Ceramics and Painting Students Today

In October, senior Issac Logsdon and I worked with Dodge Gallery curatorial supervisor Mary Kuvet to put together a collaborative, juried exhibition of work by current ceramics and painting students. The show existed in… Continue reading

Students at Work

Kendall Hammond, senior, sculpting a self-portrait Mike Weimer, junior, hand-building onto a thrown vessel Sarah Ferrer, senior, painting with underglaze JAD Reyes, junior, carving into a form

Mid-semester Comes and Goes

Ceramics majors recently had mid-semester critiques, a reminder of how close we are to the final show. Cue the countdown! Casey Whittier’s sophomores have been continuing to work on their self-portrait busts, and are… Continue reading

Ceramics Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Shae Bishop (BFA 2012) is a studio assistant to sculptor Cristina Córdova. Hiromi Kanada (BFA 2015) is a student at the College of Ceramics in Arita, Japan. Emily Connell (BFA 2012) and Wen-Dan Lin (BFA… Continue reading

Cary Esser in Studio Potter

  Our department chair, Cary Esser, contributed an article to the Summer/Fall 2016 issue of Studio Potter, a prominent publication within the ceramics community. Her piece appears alongside writings by prolific artists such as Ayumi… Continue reading

Visiting Artist Bryan Czibesz

Last Wednesday we welcomed Bryan Czibesz as our visiting artist for the Fall 2016 semester. Bryan, an assistant professor at SUNY New Paltz, spoke briefly of his practice and experience with 3D printing before working with student volunteers… Continue reading

Recent Acquisitions

Last spring, a friend of the college generously gifted several Ancient Greek vessels to the Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection. We thank Michele Fricke for connecting her friend to the ceramics department! The pieces were… Continue reading

Ten Years of the Ceramics Department Blog

Hey all — I’m Serena, a junior Creative Writing major and Ceramics minor. I’ll be continuing to chronicle the happenings in our beloved department, taking over for the much-missed Donut Goshorn, and am… Continue reading

Casey Whittier at Plenum Space

“My work is based in my need to better understand my own relationship to the objects and environments that surround me. I see each sculpture as a way to advocate for a direct… Continue reading

Lineage & Language

Our semester is wrapping up with Lineage & Language, our end of semester exhibition and senior thesis exhibition! The exhibition will be on view through this Saturday, May 14 from noon to 5… Continue reading

Students Intern with Misty Gamble

Monica Turner (junior) and Erika Hiebert (special status student) are currently wrapping up an internship with Misty Gamble, a local sculptor and Assistant Professor in the School of Foundation at KCAI. Each semester, Misty… Continue reading

Paul Donnelly does it all

For the past three years, Assistant Professor Paul Donnelly has been working as an On-Site Conference Liaison for the 2016 NCECA Conference. This means that, in addition to being a full time teacher,… Continue reading

KCAI Represented in National Student Juried Exhibition Awards

The Kansas City Art Institute was well represented in the National Student Juried Exhibition 2016 merit awards. Ariel Bowman, who graduated in 2011 and is currently attending graduate school at the University of Florida,… Continue reading

Chromophilia and Chromophobia

The new KCAI Gallery, formerly the GrandArts building, opened this spring with Chromaphobia & Chromaphilia, two alumni exhibitions sponsored by KCAI and organized by the KCAI Gallery and Director of Alumni Relations and Development,… Continue reading

A Look at NCECA Sponsored Exhibitions

Though NCECA has left Kansas City, many exhibitions sponsored by the conference are still up for a little while longer! NCECA has a complete list  of places to check out, but we wanted to… Continue reading

Alumni Reception

In conjunction with the Chromophilia and Chromophobia exhibitions at the new KCAI Gallery – two shows that feature all KCAI alumni – the ceramics department hosted an Alumni Reception. Below are images of… Continue reading

NCECA Awards & Honors

NCECA Awarded several of Kansas City’s own makers and mentors this year, including Victor Babu, Linda Lighton, and Richard and Evelyn Craft Belger. The Belgers received the Regional Award of Excellence, Linda Lighton… Continue reading

Mentors, Makers, and Milestones: Highlights of the Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection

As part of NCECA coming to town, the KCAI ceramics department opened its (newly renovated) doors and allowed visitors to come tour the studios, the new plaster and glaze lab, the kiln room,… Continue reading