The Ceramics program supports a broad range of inquiry from ceramic design, to mixed media sculpture, to emerging practices that challenge classification. This expansive conversation allows for hybrid creative work that can push the expressive boundaries of clay. Students in the Ceramics concentration work through a flexible framework of curriculum that emphasizes self-directed creative development within the context of a communal studio environment.


Our well-equipped 7600 sq. ft. studio spaces house new technologies in ceramics as well as traditional and industrial equipment. A strong visiting artist program and internationally active faculty keep our students engaged in a contemporary global conversation about ceramic art and design.

undergraduate studies

The curriculum in the K-State Ceramic concentration fosters a conceptually challenging and technically rewarding learning environment. Our studio classes help students develop problem-solving abilities in the areas of theory, material, and production by exposing them to a spectrum of possibilities within the ceramics field. Recent graduates have been accepted into nationally competitive MFA programs or gone on to successful creative careers as studio artists and designers.



graduate studies

post baccalaureate study

K-State Ceramics offers a Non-Certificate post-baccalaureate program. It is an opportunity for artists who hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in developing their practice while participating in an active academic ceramics studio. Post Baccalaureate students in ceramics at K-State play a vital role in the studio ecosphere by contributing to its day-to-day function and workflow. Post Baccalaureates are required to attend an advanced ceramics course each semester and are expected to maintain a high degree of professionalism and community engagement.



- A semi-private studio space

- Access to equipment and facilities

- One-on-one mentorship and critical feedback

- Participate in in-group critiques

- Access to digital print lab

- Photo and documentation studio



- Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree.

- Upon invite into program, apply for admission to Kansas State University ($35 non-refundable fee)

- Enroll in one credit of ART 430- Independent Studies Ceramics.

- Maintain an active efficacious studio practice

- Contribute 10 hours/week of service to the ceramics area


Application Process

Application Deadline: April 15th
 All applications must be submitted by email to ngeankoplis@ksu.edu and include the following materials:


- Letter of Intent

- Resume

- Artist Statement

- 2 References (include: phone numbers & emails)

- PDF portfolio of 10 images of recent work with image descriptions. Include title, date, medium, and dimensions for each image (under 20MB). For video, audio or web-based content embed links in the PDF file.


K-State offers a three-year course of study towards the Master of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in Ceramics. MFA candidates are granted a large private or semi-private studio and access to our fully equipped facilities. A final, solo MFA exhibition culminates the program, providing the opportunity to present a strong and cohesive body of personal work.


Qualified students may be eligible for Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) which provide financial support as well as valuable experience for future employment.

artist in residence

The Artist in Residence position is an integral part of the ceramics program at K-State. We host emerging artists working in new, exciting or thoughtful facets of the ceramic field.


Through artistic research, undergraduate instruction and mentorship, they contribute to a contemporary discourse on the intersections of ceramic art, craft, and design further enriching the learning environment. Successful candidates are committed to an active studio practice and collaborative communal engagement.



Residency Term: August 15 – July 1

(*Resident Artists are granted a yearlong residency, and are encouraged to apply for a second year.)



- Private studio

- Solo exhibition

- All firings and in stock studio materials

- Salary commensurate with experience and education



- 10 hours/week of departmental service

- Participation in graduate and post baccalaureate critiques

- Occasional demonstrations for undergraduate ceramic courses

- Teaching two ceramics classes/semester



Application Process

(Master of Fine Arts degree required)

Application Deadline: April 15th
All applications must be submitted by email to ngeankoplis@ksu.edu and include the following materials:


- Current resume

- Artist Statement

- 2 references (including: phone numbers and emails)

- PDF portfolio of 15-20 images of recent work to include title, date, medium, and dimensions for each image (PDF file under 20MB). For video, audio or web based content embed links in the PDF file.


The Ceramics area houses a satellite 2000 sq. ft. covered, open-air kiln facility as well as extensive electric, gas and atmospheric kilns on-site. Safety equipment is provided along with tools such as digital pyrometers and oxygen sensors for students to empirically quantify results when researching fire processes.

Electric Kilns

- 18.5 cu.ft. Skutt 1627

- 10 cu. ft. Skutt 1227

- 7 cu. ft. Skutt 1027

- 2.5 cu. ft. Skutt 818

- .8 cu. ft. Skutt 614

- .6 cu. ft.  Skutt 609 1 cu ft. test


Gas and Atmospheric Kilns, one each

- 40 cu. ft. Down Draft Car

- 16 cu. ft. Down Draft

- 16 cu. ft. Up Draft

- 14 cu. ft. Cross Draft Soda

- 4 cu. ft. Experimental kiln

- 40 cu. ft. Wood Fired Train

- 2000 sq. ft. Wood and Raku kiln facility.


The clay and glaze lab boasts over 17 tons of material storage that house traditional and boutique materials from domestic and international distributors.  Dozens of mason stains for students to experiment with industrially engineered colors in their clays and glazes are kept in-stock. The lab also features:


- 250 lb batch capacity Peter Puger mixer with the complete extrusion kit including hollow dies

- 300 lb batch capacity Soldner mixer

- 150 lb batch capacity Soldner mixer

- Sand blasting cabinet

- Industrial Glaze Blunger

- Fixed and Mobile Compressor

- Ball Mill


Casting, prototyping and mold making are in important facet of the educational experience at K-State. The plaster room for model and mold making is over 400 square feet. In the separate casting room, there are


three casting tables and an extensive mold library with 100’s of continually cycling commercial and industrial molds for experimental casting and object creation. Other resources include:


- 2 Imported Vertical Plater Lathes

- Plaster Mixer

- 72 cu. ft. Industrial Heated Drying Cabinet

- 2-33 gal. Slip Tanks with Blungers

- 20 gal. Slip Tank with Blunger

- 20 gal. Slip pump

- Mobile Slip Blunger


In addition to the 2400 sq. ft. of private and semi- private studio spaces, students have extensive access to communal and general-purpose labs to work on assignments, projects and personal research. Nearly 20 different underglazes for students to experiment with traditional and contemporary techniques such as sgraffito, inlay, stencils and ceramic screen printing are stocked. A selection of china paints and brushing mediums for intermediate and advanced students interested in over glaze surface expression are available. The 300 sq. ft. Ikeda Gallery acts as a white space for installations, reviews, critiques, or to photograph work. Students can reserve this space on a day to day basis. For large sculptural or vessel work specialty pallets and lift systems which move work fluidly from creative space to kiln and out again are available. In addition, the K-State program has:


- 18 Electric Wheels

- 2 Extruders with hollow extrusion kits

- Brent SR-20 Slab Roller

- DLSR Camera and Tri-pod

- 2 Projectors for installations

- Delta 3D Clay Paste Printer

- Foam Cutter

- Thermofax for creating silk screens


student work

Kansas State University Department of Art

(785) 532-6605


111 Willard Hall, Manhattan KS 66506