Ceramics

Unearth your inner potter at our School of the Arts Ceramics Program. Ceramic work exemplifies a human ability to be both innovative and purposeful in a pursuit of designing and making, with the most basic of materials — clay.

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  • School of the Arts gave me room to explore while also holding me to a very high standard. I went on to earn a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and an MFA from Utah State University.

    Christopher Watt

    Ceramics, 2005Director at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill in Cape Cod
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Garry Graham

Instructor

Garry has shaped a practical background of clay experiences through a combination of ceramics education at David Thompson University; work/study sojourns in the Middle East and France; ceramics consulting in Indonesia, and 20 years of studio production.

His award-winning work includes large sculptural vessels and widely recognized one-of-a-kind pieces. As a practicing artist, he continues to exhibit in solo and group shows.

Robin Dupont

Instructor

Robin Dupont

Instructor

David Lawson

Instructor

David has more than 35 years’ experience in clay and has operated a studio for more than 30 years. His work is represented in galleries across Canada and he has exhibited nationally and internationally.

David moved to Nelson in 1981 to work in the Ceramic Dept at David Thompson University Cerntre, after which he reestablished his studio in Nelson. He sold and showed nationally and internationally until 1990. Then, David became the founding Director of Kootenay School of the Arts and he continues to teach in the Ceramic Deptartment.

Currently, David teaches Glaze Technology as well as maintaining a studio practice.

Daryl Jolly

School Chair

Daryl Jolly

School Chair

Frequently Asked Questions About Ceramics

How many images can I send in the online portfolio submission form?

The maximum images allowed on the online form is eight. Please send a separate link if you would like to send more than eight images.

Why do I have to interview for Craft Programs?

The interview allows us to discuss the program. We will be asking you questions but our instructors will also give you an overview of the program and scheduling. This is a chance for you to ask questions as well. We want to ensure the best possible match to ensure student success. The interview takes about a half hour and we will be conducting it in person at the Victoria Street Campus or by phone. We are currently not set up for Skype.

Do I have to have experience in the Craft studio I want to apply to?

No. Many of our students have completed a workshop or continuing education course in the studio they are interested in, but it is not a requirement.

Do I have to provide my own tools and equipment?

Yes, each studio has its own supply list that’s provided upon admission. Some tools and supplies will be the student’s responsibility. Project materials can be purchased through KSA. Equipment such as kilns, forges, wheels, drill press, etc. is provided.