Fall 2011 Exhibition: Strata


Study Abroad in Hungary: Summer 2011

In May and June of 2011, George Timock led the seventh summer trip to the International Ceramics Studio in  Kecskemét, Hungary.  Students lived and worked in the studios, enjoying access to Herend porcelain clay… Continue reading


Internships are an important part of the KCAI ceramics department curriculum, offering students professional experience in the field.  Each semester many students participate in a variety of internships in Kansas City and elsewhere.… Continue reading

Rob Lugo Wins Bread KC! Last Spring

Our very own ceramics major Roberto Lugo won Bread KC! in May of the 2011 spring semester. Bread KC! is a competitive opportunity for artists to present project proposals for funding.    The public… Continue reading

Visiting Artists: Richard Notkin and Jeanne Quinn

This week Richard Notkin and Jeanne Quinn have visited KCAI.  The ceramics department juniors and seniors were lucky to have one-on-one critiques with these talented and intelligent artists. Richard Notkin‘s exhibition will open… Continue reading

Victor Babu Speaks at KCAI

We were lucky to have Victor Babu, fabulous artist and former KCAI faculty member for over 30 years, come to speak to us at the ceramics department.  Victor talked to us not only… Continue reading

Where Are They Now?

So where are our KCAI graduates now?  Here’s an update on exactly that! 2011 graduate Laura Campbell is in Normal, Illinois, studying at Illinois State as a post baccalaureate student. Ryan Fletcher, 2010… Continue reading

Spring 2011 Juried Exhibition: Rare Earth

The Spring exhibition was a great success.  See below photos of the show, if you didn’t get a chance to enjoy the real thing.

Summer Scholarships

Three students were awarded scholarships to attend summer sessions at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in the Colorado Rockies and Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of North Carolina.  Emily Connell and Will… Continue reading

The September 2011 Issue of Ceramic Monthly is Here!

Four recent KCAI ceramic department alumni were featured in Ceramic Monthly’s fabulous September issue! Margeaux Claude, who graduated last May, was beautifully featured in the “2011 Undergraduate Showcase” with a photograph of her… Continue reading

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