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updated wed 7 feb 01


Erin Sherman on wed 26 jan 00

Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 14:41:04 ESTFrom: john
Subject: Graduate Schools?
Hello, I hope someone out there can help me with some
information on
Universities offering Graduate Programs in Ceramics. I
have been potting and
teaching high school art for over 20 years and decided
it is time to go back
to school. My work is more vessel oriented than
sculptural and I am
interested in wood, salt and soda firings. I am very
excited about the
chance to learn and work on new ideas and in a new
direction. It has been
some time since I have be in the academic milieu and
if anyone has any ideas
or suggestions of how to go about it in the most
expedient way, I would
appreciate it very much.

A site you might want to check out is:

I think it even has links to the grad schools that are
Good luck,
Erin Sherman in Bayonne NJ
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Linda Arbuckle on thu 27 jan 00

In response to John Elder's query about grad schools after teaching h.s.
art for 20 years...

2 University of FL grads are doing a topical discussion group at NCECA,
"Is It Ever Too Late to Go to Grad School". Wynne Wilbur taught high
school art for 15 years. Lynn Duryea has been a studio potter for
perhaps a bit longer. Both are now in the U.F. grad program and are
hoping people will show up at NCECA to discuss "mature" students
returning to school. We've had a number of "mature" students, and
they've been a wonderful part of our studio community.


Linda Arbuckle, Assoc. Prof.
Univ of FL
School of Art and Art History
P.O. Box 115801, Gainesville, FL 32611-5801
(352) 392-0201 x 219

Charles Wagoner on sun 30 jan 00

> returning to school. We've had a number of "mature" students, and
> they've been a wonderful part of our studio community.

I'm not sure how old I have to be to qualify for "mature", but I am just
completing my Master's degree at Indiana State University with Dick Hay
after teaching for 15 years in the public schools. At 42 I have found it to
be very exciting and has helped me to be a better teacher. I am in the
"Bald Headed Potter's Show" this year at NCECA and the "Hey Hey Dick Hay"
traveling show. BUT, I do not plan to stop teaching in the public school
system. I like working with young people and every so often I get one of
those outstanding students that goes on to a top art school. It is rewarding
to be part of the process and while secondary education has its frustration
and drawbacks it is usually the starting point for most artists, including
myself. While my wife and I run a successful pottery and could make our
whole living off that we both agree that I am much happier working in the
"salt mines" everyday shoulder to shoulder with tomorrow's future. MOST
YOUNG PEOPLE ARE REALLY GOOD PEOPLE! I won't say that I resent it when
people, in general, look down on secondary art schools, but let's all try to
remember the minor leagues and think back to where (most) of us got our

"Thanks Mrs. Brown (My high school art teacher), for letting me come up from
study hall to work on the wheel!"

"The Bille Creek Potter"

Stephani Stephenson on tue 6 feb 01

When visiting grad schools pay attention to the facility itself: how
many kilns, what kind of studio space for graduates, etc. does the
facility look neglected, abused, or is it dynamic, well maintained? Do
you see good work going on? What level of involvement will you have with
the kilns, the glaze room? If you are somewhat inexperienced in this
area, will you be able to gain the skills you need in the studio?
Some programs are fairly structured. Others are free for alls. Choose a
place that suits your way of working and challenges you in a positive

More important than this is the faculty. Meet them ,talk to them. Is
the Faculty actively involved in teaching? Or resting on laurels and
absentee? If so who IS really actively teaching in the studio, heading
the program? An active, respected, involved faculty will help you grow
as an artist, and help pave the way for your post grad school years. I
didn't really undertstand the value of this when I went.

Talk to students. What is the attitude in the studio, of other grad
students? Does the program have TA or assistantships available? Do they
have strengths in your area of interest, are they active in bringing in
visiting artists or exposing students to both history and ongoing
contemporary work and events?

In the end, decide what YOU want, then go out and see which place meets
your needs and provides the best environment for you.
Also check out the rest of the art department. Are there some
stimulating Art History or grad seminars you can take?
I took classes in Folklore, Anthro, and Art Therapy, which I was able to
fit into my program. These classes
tied in with my art interests and direction and I am so glad I took
them. I also dipped into the sculpture and dance department with

Good luck in your search. They are good years.
Stephani Stephenson
Leucadia CA