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

Mid-Semester Critiques

The week of October 13th we had our twice annual mid-semester critiques. The ceramics faculty – Cary Esser, Paul Donnolly, and Misty Gamble – met with each ceramics major for 20 minute individual… Continue reading

Another Delightful Evening at the Hoffmans

Two years in a row the ceramics department has been welcomed to an evening of dinner and art viewing at the home of John and Sharon Hoffman. The Hoffmans open their Kansas City… Continue reading

Fall 2008 – Welcome Misty Gamble & Paul Donnelly!

We have the privilege of welcoming two new instructors to the department this fall, Misty Gamble and Paul Donnelly. Misty Gamble, who is serving as George Timock’s sabbatical replacement, is teaching the sophomore… Continue reading

Student Work Spring 2008

Here is what the department has been cooking up this past semester. Hannah Blackwell (Sophomore) Bowie Crossiant (Special Status) Timo Fahler (Junior) Tyra Forker (Senior) Calder Kamin (Junior) Domonique Karwoski (Senior) Melissa Lind… Continue reading

Good Bye Blog Mistress Tyra….

Tyra Forker, the original writer for our department blog, has moved on. Recently graduating from the KCAI ceramics and art history departments, she has taken a resident artist position with potter John Glick… Continue reading

Molly Hatch Demo

Molly Hatch came to KCAI on April 25th and demonstrated her throwing and mishima techniques for the ceramics department students. Molly recently recieved her MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and recieved… Continue reading

2008 McKeown Grant Awards

The McKeown Special Project Award was 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

Visiting Artist Val Cushing Comes to Town!

This past spring we had the wonderful pleasure of having Val Cushing give demos as well as individual critiques in the ceramics department. Val Cushing received his BFA and MFA from the School… Continue reading

Cary Esser, Ceramic Department Professor & Chair

This is a detail shot of an interactive piece to be shown in November 2008 at Epsten Gallery in Overland Park, Kansas. These tiles are made of a fritware clay body developed from… Continue reading

NCECA 2008: Alumni Party

KCAI Advancement hosted an annual reception at this years NCECA in Pittsburg for graduates, friends, and current students attending the conference. Rain Harris, Meredith Host (KCAI ’01), and Jo Kamm (KCAI ’07) Tyler… Continue reading

NCECA: Pittsburgh!

Join us in Pittsburgh at this year’s annual NCECA conference! Stop by KCAI’s table to learn more about the program, meet student representatives and faculty, see images of current student work or just… Continue reading

ArtStream visits KC!

On March 14 the ArtStream Nomadic Gallery made their first stop on their 2008 NCECA exhibition tour at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. It was a great opportunity for students to see… Continue reading

Artist On-Site Demonstrations

On February 14th, the Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom presented Artists On-Site. An afternoon of ceramic wheel-throwing and slip casting demonstrations with artists Brock DeBoer, Gabriel Reed, and Tyra Forker. Brock and Gabriel… Continue reading

Before & After: Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection

Here are some photographs of the renovation of the Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection and classroom… (After the demolition of the old wall, glass display, and door) (Construction of the new cabinets) (Pieces are… Continue reading

Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection

The Kansas City Art Institute and our ceramics family and friends celebrated the opening of the Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection Room with a ceremony at 11 a.m. on March 1 at the Richard… Continue reading