Reclaiming the Forgotten

Maret Miller, KCAI Ceramics Alumni, worked with three students over the summer to help the department reclaim glazes and clays that were forgotten or left behind. Hiromi Kanada, Allison King and Nathan Neufeld… Continue reading

Visiting Artist and Instructor: Hello Julie!

Congratulations to George Timock for receiving sabbatical this fall! Artist and KCAI alumni, Julie Malen, has joined us for the fall 2014 semester as the instructor for the sophomore studio course: Figure and… Continue reading

Passing The Torch

Thank you to Kara Dunbar for being the voice of the blog last year. My name is Dia Saunders, and I will be keeping you updated on all of the new happenings in… Continue reading

ADDmix: KCAI Ceramics Department Spring Exhibition, 2014

Our 2014 spring exhibition, ADDmix, waved goodbye to yet another amazing group of seniors! Here are a few images from the show, as we remember them and look forward to this year’s fall… Continue reading

Ceramics Major Chase Travaille Wins the KCAI 2014 Magic Sock Fund

Congratulates to Chase Travaille, 2014 Magic Sock Fund grant recipient! The Magic Sock Fund was established in memory of KCAI alumnus Jaymes Leahy. Grants may be used for expenses related to mounting an… Continue reading

2014 Regional Undergraduate Showcase

On April 12th the Regional Undergraduate Showcase opened at the Kansas City. Joey Watson, a senior in the KCAI ceramics department took Best In Show. Also included in the exhibition are Sebra Debrecht… Continue reading

Junior Group Critiques

    Each semester, juniors and seniors divide into groups for a work-in-progress peer critique.  It’s a great opportunity to clarify ideas and gain a fresh perspective on your work before the semester wraps… Continue reading

April 2014 Visiting Artist: Amy Santoferraro

    This month the ceramics department was excited to welcome Amy Santoferraro, Assistant Professor of Art at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.  She spent her time here giving one-on-one critiques with juniors… Continue reading

Christen Baker’s 2014 NCECA Presentation

Christen Baker, a senior in the KCAI ceramics department, was selected to give a Student Perspectives presentation at the 2014 NCECA conference in Milwaukee. Find below an excerpt from the NCECA catalog about her… Continue reading

Just Weeks Away From the Spring Exhibition

Everyone in studio is hard at work preparing for the end of semester. Take a look at some of our work and don’t forget to see the fruits of our labors at the 2014… Continue reading

Regina Brown Undergraduate Fellowship

Two seniors from the Kansas City Art Institute ceramics department have been awarded 2014 NCECA Regina Brown Undergraduate Fellowships. NCECA awards six fellowships annually, three to undergraduates and three to graduate students. This year,… Continue reading

NCECA Reunion

KCAI hosted an Alumni Reception at the 48th Annual NCECA Conference held this year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Thanks to Ugli’s Pub for providing a great venue.  Below are some pictures of our illustrious alumni!


Congratulations to the three KCAI ceramics department students who were selected to exhibit in the National Student Juried Exhibition at the 48th Annual NCECA conference! The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design hosted the… Continue reading

McKeown Grant Recipients 2014

The McKeown Special Project Awards were created to fund special artistic and research projects in the KCAI ceramics department. Students may apply for research-based travel or materials and supplies to support the creation… Continue reading

Senior Elsewhere Projects, Fall 2013

All first semester seniors are required to exhibit/site/place a piece of work outside the ceramics department during the fall semester. The aim is to create a piece, installation, or project designed to work… Continue reading

2014 January/ February Visiting Artists: Del Harrow, Chris Gustin, Arnie Zimmerman, and Bobby Scroggins

Del Harrow lectured at KCAI as part of the Current Perspective series on Thursday, February 20th. Harrow is an assistant professor of art at Colorado State University and taught previously at Penn State… Continue reading

OBJECTIVITY: KCAI Ceramics Department Fall Exhibition 2014

Thank you to everyone who came out to support us at our fall exhibition, Objectivity. Stay tuned for updates throughout the semester and remember our spring show is only a few short months… Continue reading

Summer Workshop Scholarships for KCAI ceramics students

This summer Sebra Debrecht was awarded  Copaken and Brooks Scholarships to travel to the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. She studied with Joseph Pintz for a two week workshop to learn his… Continue reading

New Elective: Figure Modeling

Figure Modeling, taught by Scott Seebart, investigates the human form through sculpture, drawing, and the study of artistic anatomy through the use of a live model. The objective of the course is to… Continue reading

Where Are They Now?

Every year graduates from the KCAI ceramics department venture out to share their talents with the rest of the world.  Here are a few updates from our alumni! Brett Ginsburg spent this last… Continue reading

New Ceramics Elective: Studio To Market

In this new elective class taught by Andrea Martin, students engage in a linear design process, beginning with concept and concluding with a sale-ready ceramic object.   Each student  considers all aspects of… Continue reading

2013 BFA Exhibition

Last spring the graduating class of 2013 blew us all away with their outstanding work for the BFA Exhibition at the H&R Block Artspace.  Here are a few highlights from the show. Maret… Continue reading

HOT BOX: KCAI Ceramics Department Spring Exhibition 2013

Spring semester was as stressful as ever, but thanks to everyone’s hard work the exhibition came together just in time.  For those who missed it, or just want to relive it, here are… Continue reading

The Countdown Begins

We’re halfway through the semester which means the end of the semester is already on the horizon! Take a look at where we are now and be sure to come to the fall… Continue reading

Congratulations, Maura!

Maura Wright, 2013 graduate and our previous blogger for the ceramics department, has been published for her outstanding work in the Undergraduate Showcase feature of Ceramics Monthly’s September issue. Take a look!


Once again eager students followed Professor George Timock overseas to Kecskemet, Hungary.  Hosted by the International Ceramic Studio, they had an opportunity to work with the beautiful white and translucent Hungarian porcelain in… Continue reading

So Long Summer

The summer heat lingers but fall semester is well under way here in the KCAI ceramics department. My name is Kara Dunbar and I will be taking over the blog for Maura Wright. … Continue reading

March Visitor Andrew Martin

In March Andrew Martin visited us from the Netherlands. On his way to NCECA he stopped by KCAI for an artist lecture and demonstration with the ceramic students.

April Visitors Shawn Spangler, Garth Clark & Mark Del Vecchio

The Ceramics Department was very excited to host a few very special guests this past month! Shawn Spangler gave an artist lecture and demonstration to the KCAI community. Garth Clark and Mark Del… Continue reading

Sasha Alexandra receives a Windgate Fellowship Award!

Sasha Alexandra, a senior in the Kansas City Art Institute ceramics department, has received a 2013 Windgate Fellowship Award from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design. Her proposal for the award of $15,000… Continue reading