Visual expression of ideas
 Materials,techniques and process
 Historical evolution of clay

Our Ceramics program features 8,000 square feet of workspace, an award-winning faculty, and great equipment. We provide the space, tools and instruction to develop and hone each student’s conceptual and functional skills in:

  • Wheel-throwing
  • Hand-building
  • Glazing and firing


Ryan Takaba - Department Chair and Professor
Ryan holds an MFA in ceramics from Kent State University and a BFA from the University of Hawaii. He has taught at Kent State University, The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and Northwest Vista College.  Ryan's residencies include the European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. 

Jennifer Ling Datchuk - Professor
Jennifer holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University.  She has participated in residencies at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China; Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany and the European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands.  In 2017, Jennifer received a LIAEP award for porcelain research and received the Emerging Voices Award from the American Craft Council.

Blake Kennedy - Technician
Blake holds a BFA in ceramics and sculpture from Appalachian State University. Recent exhibitions include Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Wichita Falls, TX; Beatrice Haggerty Gallery, Irvine, TX; and Capsule Gallery, Houston, TX.

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Ryan Takaba - Department Chair

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