The Ceramics Studio provides a site to engage contemporary art and culture as it interfaces with ceramic media. Students are challenged to experiment with form and meaning in traditional genres or to expand definitions of ceramics and mixed media, including ceramic elements in performance, architecture, and other installations.
First developed by Peter Voulkos, the Berkeley Ceramics Studio has a strong presence in the Bay Area ceramics arts scene. Former faculty members include Richard Shaw, Ron Nagle, Robert Hudson, and Jim Melchert. Alumni include Marilyn Levine and Nancy Selvin.
The capacious studio includes advanced student space, pottery wheels, slab roller, extruder, slip mixer and drain table, mold making area, well stocked glaze room with spray booth, five large and three small electric kilns, one medium downdraft and three large updraft gas kilns, a portable raku kiln, large capacity clay mixer, a tile saw, and a sandblaster. In addition to the main studio, there are two graduate student studios, the Project Lab–a flexible space of fabrication, and an outdoor sculpture yard.
To encourage interdisciplinary work and accommodate a wide range of ideas, current equipment includes a computer workstation with scanner and laser printer for printing iron oxide decals and facilities to produce silkscreens and print ceramic media.