The main focus is on clay as a raw material, ceramic techniques and processes. Carlow's ceramics concentration gives the student who has a strong interest in the ceramic arts a solid foundation in two dimensional art, sculpture, and ceramics. The student goes on to spend six semesters in Advanced Ceramics Studio exploring various ceramic materials, kilns, and techniques as determined through a dialogue between student and professor. We include instruction in molding; slips and glazes; trimming and decorating; firing and kiln operation; oxidation; mixed media; ceramic murals; and personal style development.
The art major requires 48 credits in courses in art and art history. It provides a strong foundation in art history, and in studio art: design, drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, computer art, and sculpture. Electives and directed study in a variety of media include fiber arts, ceramics, and mixed media. Senior Project, an individual project and study course, is required for all majors, a senior exhibition opportunity is open to all seniors.