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

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