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

“Remembering Beauty” Ceramic Work of Victor Babu

On February 3rd, The Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom opened an exhibition of work by, the beloved former ceramics department professor, Victor Babu. (above: Victor Babu, Copper Red Charger with Lizards (2007) Porcelain… Continue reading

George Timock, Ceramic Department Professor

George Timock (Ceramic Department, Professor) created the vessels below during KCAI’s 2007 summer study-abroad trip to the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. 2007 was the third consecutive summer George co-led a trip… Continue reading

Ceramics Study Abroad in Hungary

For the past 4 summers a study abroad trip goes to the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary, where students live and work in a world renowned residency program.  The month long trip… Continue reading

Student Work from Fall 2007

Check out the images of student work from the Fall 2007 semester at the KCAI ceramics department. Click on the thumbnail image to see a larger view… Tyra Forker (senior) “Testicle Tumblers” Tyra… Continue reading

Visiting Artist: Bobby Silverman

On November 1st Bobby Silverman came to visit KCAI as a guest of the ceramics department. Lecturing about his travels in China, Italy and the Netherlands, Silverman , a ceramics alum, took time… Continue reading

Jun Kuneko at Mission Clay Products

In October, the ceramics department students and faculty were invited to a spectacular Jun Kuneko kiln opening at Mission Clay Products in Pittsburgh, Kansas. Mission Clay has provided space and firings for Kuneko… Continue reading

Sophomore Self-Portraits In Progress

I don’t know exactly how long he has leading this project, but as many alumni can recall, in the first semester of the ceramics sophomore curriculum, George Timock leads the life-size, anatomically correct,… Continue reading

Ceramics Department BFA Graduates 2007

What are these folks up to since graduation?  See below for updates and photos of Senior work from 2006-07 … Brock DeBoer: Mr. DeBoer has landed himself a very exciting commission from the… Continue reading

Welcome Christa Assad!

This fall we have welcomed new faculty Christa Assad to teach in the ceramics department. Christa joins the KCAI faculty after an eight-year stint as full-time potter and gallery owner in San Francisco.… Continue reading