The Ceramics Program at UAF offers undergraduate through graduate courses in ceramics. Our curriculum encompasses the history, aesthetics, technology, and techniques from utilitarian to sculptural ceramics. For beginning students this program provides an overview of the medium and its possibilities. For the advanced student it fosters their development into aesthetically perceptive and technically proficient artists.
We have a 3500sq ft indoor facility with a complete array of equipment including seven kilns 20+ wheels and three clay mixers. We have a separate outdoor kiln facility at the Experimental Farm that has a large anagama, wood/ salt and fast/fire wood-burning kilns. Graduate studio space is in a separate building. We generally offer five classes per term. The program also supports an active student group, the Student Ceramics Arts Guild which hosts a visiting artist program, scholarships and student activities.
We strive to develop an environment that promotes the art making process by creating and maintaining an open forum where group interaction encourages, challenges and fosters the creative experience.
James Brashear is a professor at UAF. He received his MFA from Louisiana State University in 1990. He has taught ceramics at Clarion University, Pennsylvania, Syracuse University, New York, and at UAF. His work reflects his continuing exploration of clay and the wheel-forming processes. He exhibits his work nationally and maintains an interest in wood burning kilns. He is an avid outdoorsman who lives in Fairbanks with his lovely wife and two kids.