Exhibition: Casey Whittier. Every Corner: A Confessional

KCAI ceramics department’s very own alumni and assistant professor, Casey Whittier started out this school year with an solo exhibition last Friday at the Lawrence Arts Center.  The show is open to the… Continue reading

Sophomore and Junior Mentorship Program

Every year our ceramics department sophomores and juniors participate in a mentorship program. This program helps our sophomores learn more about the department and galleries in the Kansas City area from the juniors… Continue reading

Exhibition: Cary Esser: Second Surface

KCAI’s very own Kathleen Collins Chair of Ceramics Cary Esser recently displayed a new body of work from her Parfleche series at the Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art Gallery.  The show ran from February 2nd… Continue reading

Field Trip: Belger Arts Center!

While our teachers were off enjoying NCECA in Pittsburgh, our ceramics department juniors got to enjoy a field trip to Belger Arts Center! Students were able to hear about the history of the… Continue reading

Ceramics Students Assist Artist Alida van Almelo at PLUG Projects

Slow Time, a recent exhibition at PLUG Projects in Kansas City, MO featured artists Alida van Almelo and Kevin Townsend.  They worked together to create new pieces within the space by responding to each… Continue reading

Artist Visit: Kevin Snipes

As our ceramics department begins to settle into the new semester and new year, our department welcomes Kevin Snipes as our first visiting artist of 2018. Kevin was born in Philadelphia, but grew… Continue reading

Exhibition: Private Narrative: Public Discourse

​In honor of Black History Month, The Kansas City Art Institute’s Black Artist Culture and Community organization (BACC) presents Private Narrative: Public Discourse. The artwork featured in the show evokes each individual artist’s… Continue reading

Annual Kansas City Terra Cotta Field Trip

Our ceramics department juniors took a field trip around Kansas City to check out some of it’s awesome terra cotta architecture. As many of you know, Kansas City has a great history when… Continue reading

George Timock: A Legacy in Clay

KCAI’s very own George Timock opened his survey exhibition at the Belger Arts Center on Friday, October 6. A Legency in Clay displays Timock’s work from 1973 to 2015, also spanning his 42… Continue reading

Issac Logsdon: 3 Years Later in the Ken Ferguson Collection Room

Issac Logsdon is a senior majoring in Art History and Ceramics, also working toward a Social Practice certificate. He has been employed in the ceramics department Ken Ferguson Collection room for six semesters.… Continue reading

Visiting Artist: Kosmas Ballis

Kosmas Ballis (Class of 1995) came to visit the department this past Friday to speak to the students in in Irving Amphitheater. Ballis is based in Florida but has traveled extensively throughout Asia… Continue reading

KCAI Ceramics Department Blog: 11 Years, Going Strong!

Greetings all — my name is Shontaja Brown. I am a junior double major in art history and ceramics and working toward a social practice certificate. I will be officially taking over the… Continue reading

KCAI Visiting Artist: Patti Warashina

This past week our KCAI ceramics department received a visit by world renowned artist Patti Warashina. Warashina earned both her BFA (1962) and MFA (1964) from the University of Washington, Seattle. She later… Continue reading

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


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