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

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