The Art of Contemporary Ceramics
Like many art forms, ceramics has countless applications through its combination of clay as a sculptural material and the endless creativity of the artist.
People have been expressing themselves with ceramic art throughout history—in fact, all that’s left of some cultures are their ceramic artifacts. Ceramics continue to evolve, encouraging artists to explore and master techniques. Wauonsee’s ceramics program is a hands-on study of this medium where shape and science meet in the studio.
The Ceramics Studio at Waubonsee is housed in its own building on the Sugar Grove Campus located on the southeast corner of the Student Center. It has approximately 7,000 square feet of working space. The main studio is well equipped with work tables, numerous potter's wheels (kick and electric), a slab roller, an extruder, and plenty of storage for student work.
There is a separate glaze room with an Alpine Spray Booth and a Laguana Pro V Spray Booth. There are three separate kiln rooms, one for electrics, one for gas, and the third is the exterior kiln yard, which has approximately 5,400 square feet of space for students to work, and houses our five wood kilns, which includes an Anagama, two bourry box train kilns, a cross draft tube kiln, a wood/salt kiln. There is also a newly rebuilt (fall 2014) soda kiln and a small reduction test kiln. The electric kiln room houses two Skutts, one Shimpo Cone Art Oval, three L&L Kilns and a Blue Diamon Test Kiln. The gas kiln room houses two 20 cubic foot Alpine Forced Air Kilns.
The studio is also equipped with a separate clay and glaze mixing facility with a state of the art Camfill Farr Gold Series Ventilation System. The clay mixing room houses a Soldner Pro Clay Mixer, a Bluebird 12S Clay Mixer, a Peter Pugger PM-100 Pug Mill, and a Venco 3.5" Deairing Pugmill for students to mix various claybodies.