In With the New, Out With the Old

The old trusted World War II bread dough mixer finally bit the dust.  It was cut down to pieces over the summer, and finally after much sweat, a few nicks and bruises, and… Continue reading

It’s That Time Again!

Now that summer’s over, it’s time to get back to keeping everyone up to date about the KCAI ceramics department.  My name is Kelsey Simon, I am a senior this year, and I… Continue reading

Ceramics Department Spring Exhibition 2011

2011 Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowship

This spring, NCECA awarded one of three 2011 Regina Brown Undergraduate Student Fellowships to KCAI student Ariel Bowman.  Ariel is using the award to further her research into prehistoric and current animal anatomy… Continue reading

Preparation for End of Semester Show

The end of semester is winding down quickly but not without commotion.  Every student is finishing up their projects by throwing, slipcasting, and handbuilding their work.  We all fall into a rythym of… Continue reading

KCAI Ceramics Student Wins Zahner Competition

Wen Dan Lin won a competition with the A. Zahner Company, an acclaimed Kansas City-based firm that produces art and architectural elements in metal.  Dan’s work is being created by Zahner Company to… Continue reading

Six KCAI students show at NCECA

The 2011 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Tampa, Florida showed six KCAI students in the National Student Juried Exhibition (NJSE).  The exhibition was juried by Neil Forrest… Continue reading

2010 Ceramics Monthly Undergraduate Showcase

Ceramics Monthly September 2010 issue contained two KCAI ceramics students in the Undergraduate Showcase – Mariko Brown (’10) and Eric Wolever (’10). The magazine opened this undergraduate showcase opportunity to the entire nation, we… Continue reading


The fall 2010-11 semester flew by and everyone worked hard for the end of semester show.  Sophomores, juniors, and seniors all had been planning and imagining how their own work would be on… Continue reading


As the Fall semester wound down, (Re)Form, at the H&R Block Artspace, exhibited current work by KCAI ceramics alumni; what a testament to the 125th anniversary of Kansas City Art Institute and the… Continue reading

Lay of the Land

Cary Esser, George Timock, and Paul Donnelly showed current work in Lay of the Land, September 3 through October 30, 2010 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art.  Misty Gamble and Victor Babu each exhibited one piece for… Continue reading

KCAI Ceramics Students and Alums are Honored

To recap some exciting events of last year I am going to include the last, unpublished post by Laura Blumenberg. “Quite a few of our students were honored by the ceramics community.  Ariel… Continue reading

Goodbye, Laura! Hello, Lora!

Hello faithful followers!  My name is Lora Campbell, a senior in ceramics and art history, I have big shoes to fill of Laura Blumenberg, who has graduated and moved on to be gallery… Continue reading

Progressing and Processing

With less than a month to go before the end-of-semester show arrives, students are really buckling down to finish pieces and finalize ideas. The departmental show, which will feature ceramics from all levels… Continue reading

Dr. Margaret Carney Comes to KCAI

Dr. Margaret Carney from the Blair Museum of Lithophanes came to the ceramics department this month to give a lecture about these dazzling objects. Lithophanes are thin translucent porcelain tiles that are made… Continue reading

X-Factory: Fall 2009 Exhibition

With the snow the semester’s end brought the exhibition we were all working towards so diligently. Finally after all of the testing, the forming, the planning, the thinking and all of the firings we… Continue reading

In the Studio – Work in Progress

As we get closer to the end of the semester and the beginning of the exhibition, students pick up the pace. Be sure to stop by the ceramics department December 4th for the… Continue reading

KCAI Ceramics Department Exhibits in Los Angeles!

If you’re in Los Angeles this month, check out the Craft in America Study Center to view work from the Ceramics Department. Join Cary Esser, Ceramics Department Chair and Alum for the opening… Continue reading

Andrea Martin Visits KCAI

Andrea Martin, 2007 alum from the department, came to demonstrate her techniques and talk with students these past few weeks. She is a recent MA Design graduate from Central Saint Martins College of… Continue reading

Where Are They Now?

Recent KCAI alumni get jobs, go to graduate schools and attend residencies. Robert Wetherington is studio manager at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.   Calder Kamin is gallery director of… Continue reading

Craft in America on October 7!

Last spring we were privileged to have the talented and admirable crew from Craft in America join us here at the KCAI Ceramics Department.  The episode, airing Oct. 7 on PBS, will be entitled… Continue reading

Visiting Artist Rain Harris Returns

Rain Harris will be joining us here in the studio to demonstrate, critique and give a lecture about her work this week. It’s all a part of KCAI’s free weekly lecture series, “Current… Continue reading

Farewell, Korla!

Hello there, Laura Blumenberg here. Our former talented blog hostess, Korla Luckeroth, has moved on to bigger and better things. She’s gone north to the graduate program at the University of Minnesota. We’ll… Continue reading

Misty Gamble Returns to KCAI Ceramics!

Misty Gamble has returned to fill the spot of sculpture instructor while Cary Esser is away on sabbatical. Misty is just back from her residency at the Armory Art Center in West Palm… Continue reading

Thermal Shock: KCAI Ceramics Exhibition, Spring 2009

Thermal Shock, the 2009 spring semester exhibition, showcased the hard-won pieces of the Ceramics Department. As always, this time of year was stressful, but the show went off without a hitch. All the undergraduates… Continue reading

Craft in America Films KCAI Ceramics and Cary Esser’s Studio

Over the course of a week in February, Craft in America came to Kansas City and filmed a segment at the Kansas City Art Institute for their upcoming episode titled Process.  The episode… Continue reading

Guest Artist Jen Woodin Gives Lecture and Student Critiques

Jen Woodin, who recieved her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Oregon and her undergraduate degree in engineering from Cal State University, Chico, came to KCAI in February and gave an informative… Continue reading

A Glimpse of Studio Life

To be completely honest, it is very hard to describe life as a ceramics student at the Kansas City Art Institute. A day usually begins with coffee to perk up from the long… Continue reading

New Work by Cary Esser

Cary Esser, chair of the Kansas City Art Institute ceramics department, recently showcased horizontal tile compositions that “simultaneously suggest organic yet geometric islands or hives” (quoted from the exhibition catalog essay by curator… Continue reading

Fall End of the Semester Ceramics Exhibition

At the end of each semester, student exhibitions are presented to the KCAI community and the public. In the span of one week the studios are transformed from an intense work environment to… Continue reading