Junior and Senior Critiques


Senior Critiques with Marcus Cain and Beverly Ahern

Seniors had their first group critiques of the semester last Wednesday with special guests Marcus Cain and Beverly Ahern. Marcus and Beverly critiqued the seniors’ progress on their Elsewhere projects, which are on… Continue reading

In Pursuit: Kansas City Art Institute Faculty Biennial

The current show at the H&R Block Artspace, titled “In Pursuit: Kansas City Art Institute Faculty Biennial,” features work by “faculty who are preparing to conclude their distinguished teaching careers alongside new work… Continue reading

Breaking in the new facilities

This summer, the section of the building known as the “old kiln room” was completely remodeled – the space is now a new plaster lab, an expanded glaze room, and space upstairs for 3D… Continue reading

Welcome, Casey!

2008 graduate Casey Whittier is joining us again this year – this time, as a full time instructor for the sophomores. The image above is from her most recent solo show, titled Above… Continue reading

Modularity: Spring 2015 end of semester ceramics show

The 2015 school year finished with a fantastic end of the year exhibition titled “Modularity.” Here are images of some of the work from the show, including our 2015 graduating seniors’ work and… Continue reading

Passing the Torch

With the beginning of a new year, a new blogger is taking over. My name is Donut and I am going to be carrying on where Dia Saunders left off. (Thanks, Dia!) I… Continue reading

Studio Nong: Summer at the KCAI Ceramics Department

We all know that art has a way of bringing people and cultures of all kinds together. The KCAI ceramics department is participating in that age-long exchange this summer with the Studio Nong… Continue reading

Undergrad Extravaganza!

The semester is flying by, and in less than a week seniors from all over campus at KCAI will be celebrating the Annual BFA Exhibition for KCAI Graduates at H&R Block space. The… Continue reading

Digital Design and Fabrication: Making Connections

The Digital Design and Fabrication elective is a course offered in recent semesters in the ceramics department. The class, taught by Jo Kamm with Taylor Baker as a studio technician, provides students with… Continue reading

“Designing for Function”

Paul Donnelly, assistant professor in ceramics, recently worked with CeramicArtsDaily.org to create a video detailing various forming methods geared towards the creation of beautiful, functional ceramic works. CeramicsArtDaily.org is an online community serving… Continue reading

From the US to Hungary, to China, and Back Again

Jacob Meudt, a student in ceramics at KCAI, began a trip abroad last summer with George Timock and seven other students. Little did he know that this study abroad trip would expand from… Continue reading

Visiting Artist: The Clemo Demo

Recently, the ceramics department welcomed another guest: ceramic artist A. Blair Clemo. His work is made with a combination of wheel thrown and press molded elements, which speak to the utilitarian use of… Continue reading

Senior Presentations: Margaret Kinkeade

Its the spring semester again, and seniors are preparing to give the annual presentations over their work from their time here at KCAI. This year we have the pleasure of welcoming Margaret Kinkeade… Continue reading

Lauren Mabry: Passages

Lauren Mabry, alumni of KCAI ceramics and recipient of an MFA from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, was in town the weekend of the 6th for her show opening at the Belger… Continue reading

Casey Whittier

  While Cary Esser, professor and chair of ceramics, is on her sabbatical at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena Montana, we have the pleasure of welcoming back Casey Whittier as her sabbatical… Continue reading

Welcome back!

The weather is still cold, but winter break is over and the ceramics department here at KCAI is back in swing! Seniors are preparing to finish strong with the 2015 BFA exhibition at… Continue reading

Terraform: Fall 2014 end of semester ceramics show!

The semester has flown by, and as everyone finishes up their last week of classes we say goodbye to yet another end of semester ceramics show. Entitled Terraform, this year’s fall show came and… Continue reading


On October 24th, 29th, and 31st, the seniors in the KCAI ceramics department presented their completed Elsewhere Project presentations. The pieces ranged from roaming architectural elements, to noise enabled spheres of translucent porcelain… Continue reading

Visiting Artist: Rob Lugo

Opening with some fantastic rap-style spoken word, Rob Lugo gave the KCAI ceramics department a presentation about his work and influences on November 5th. This 2012 KCAI alumni is now working on his… Continue reading

This Is Place: Pioneer Elective with Casey Whittier

Casey Whittier, KCAI ceramics alumni, is with us this semester teaching a brand new elective course entitled This is Place: Connecting Ceramics, Culture and Community.Using historical and contemporary sculpting techniques in clay, the… Continue reading

More than half way there!

Midterms have passed, and with them the first round of critiques with the professors for the fall of 2014! All of the ceramics students cleaned their studios until they sparkled, and showed off… Continue reading

Go Royals!!

Ceramics department tech., Tom Binger, was recently commissioned along with Zeke Henry to create giant gold crowns for the plaza in honor of the Kansas City Royals making it to the world series.With… Continue reading

Irma Starr Studio Visit

Earlier in the semester, juniors in the department had the chance to visit the studio of Irma Starr, a local Kansas City ceramic artist. While there, the students not only got the chance… Continue reading

Luncheon with the McKeowns!

Byron and Deanne McKeown created the Special Project Award in 2002 to assist juniors and seniors in the ceramics department by giving them the opportunity to realize a special artistic or research project.… Continue reading

Art Never Stops!

Three students were awarded scholarships to attend out of state workshops this summer: In the summer of 2014, Brittney Smith was awarded the Penland Partners scholarship to attend a workshop at the Penland… Continue reading

The Head Cowgirl and Victor Babu: Visiting artist Marilyn Lysohir

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming visiting artist Marilyn Lysohir to the KCAI ceramics department. As a ceramic sculptor, she works with concepts of self-recognition, memory, and takes inspiration from her family… Continue reading

Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection

For many years the Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection has been a unique and excellent resource for students to learn about ceramic art, up close and personal. With a collection dating back to c.… Continue reading

Home Base for NCECA Conference 2016

We are excited to have Kansas City as the host for the 2016 NCECA Conference, and proud to have KCAI Ceramics assistant professor Paul Donnelly as the on-site liaison providing communication between the… Continue reading

Well On Our Way

As the week roll by, the ceramics department is becoming increasingly active. In progress critiques for the seniors have just passed, and with new suggestions and advice under their belts the elsehwhere projects… Continue reading