3D Printing in the New Digital Fabrication Lab

In the new digital fabrication lab, students are melding the digital with the tangible by designing and printing tools for their ceramic processes. This is part of a course taught by Jo Kamm… Continue reading

New Collection Room Display

The current selection of work in the window of the Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection is a showcase of historical breadth. Work study students Issac Logsdon and Donut Goshorn have curated the window to… Continue reading


This past Friday, seniors wrapped up their Elsewhere projects with presentations at the H&R Block Artspace. The elsewhere project challenges students to make artwork that exists outside of the context of the KCAI… Continue reading

Visiting Artists: Joanna Powell and Jesse Ring

The KCAI ceramics department welcomed Joanna Powell and Jesse Ring this week to give lectures and critique student work. Jesse graduated from the KCAI ceramics department in 2006 and recently received his MFA degree… Continue reading

Students Take On Reclaim

This semester, sophomores Callie Bryan and Serena Dobson are working with Casey Whittier and alumni Maret Miller (graduated 2014) to initiate a sustainable reclaim project for ceramic waste with leftover clay and glazes… Continue reading

Update: Upstairs

After the renovations to the “old kiln room” this summer, their is a new upstairs wing that is dedicated to 3D printing and expanded storage for the teaching collection. Here are some photos… Continue reading

Paul Donnelly wins Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics

Paul Donnelly was recently awarded the first place (5,000 dollar award) Zanesville Prize for 2015 for his piece titled Tray. According to the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics website, “the idea for the… Continue reading

Students intern with Andy Brayman

This semester, Maggie Demeulmeester (senior) and Austin Bradshaw (junior) are interning with Andy Brayman, a local ceramic artist who slip casts CNC routed forms to create sculptural vessels, among other commissioned and collaborative projects.… Continue reading

Resin Relics: Student Interns with Rain Harris

This semester, senior Leah Nelson is interning with Rain Harris, a local sculptor. Leah is helping Rain prepare for several upcoming shows – including a show at the Belger Arts Center during NCECA 2016.… Continue reading


This Friday, October 2, six students from the KCAI ceramics department have a show opening as part of Leedy-Voulkos’s “Undergrad Underground” series. The students (Donut Goshorn, Maggie Demeulmeester, Melanie Johnson, Angelina Yang, Erika Hiebert,… Continue reading

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