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  1. Hi again! I saw a few posts relating to where to get your BFA in ceramics, but they were all circa 2012, and there weren't many school options. Does anyone have some more recent ideas of good ceramic undergrad programs? I'm based out of Portland, Oregon but I'm more than willing to go nearly anywhere for the right program. I'm used to/fluent in ^10 firings, glaze and clay mixing, raku, wood fire, soda & salt fire, and kiln construction and repair (to an extent). I mainly do handbuilding and slab work, not to mention sculpture in many different media, but I'm also familiar with wheel throwing, slip casting, etc. Little bit of background - I've been in college for nearly four years , I'm just about to be 20 years old now (started college early), I've been doing ceramics for fun since I was 14, and seriously/professionally (ie gallery shows and sales) since I was 17. I have also spent the last two years as a lab tech in the ceramics studio at my community college and have been auditing the class and racking up college credits as I go. I have three associates degrees; one AA, one AS, and one AGS. End game I'll be teaching ceramics either at the college level or in my own studio with my own classes. That's a whole different ballpark and will probably come later in life. My professional career seems fairly straightforward, I'm well aware that the job market is relatively small and slow moving, but I have the drive, portfolio and resume to kick major a$$ in terms of job competition. I'm also expecting to be a full time studio tech for quite a few years before I start teaching because it seems like that's how it normally works. My biggest concerns are 1. facilities/instructors and 2. tuition & financial aid availability. I'll also be going for an MFA afterwards, my ultimate goal being Alfred (but that's pretty far-fetched), but I'll start a new discussion post in a couple years for that one. Thank you all in advance!
  2. The Cochise College Pitfire is a Ceramic Arts event held annually on the Douglas Campus. It is an evening of art, fun, and food with performers from around the region, the culinary arts students preparing soups, and family-friendly interactive arts activities all centered around a huge pit fire filled with ceramics. This is a free, public event. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Cochise College Pit Fire!! Once again, we are inviting Ceramic artists from around the globe to participate in the firing and exhibition. Artists are asked to submit by mail a bisque-fired piece of Ceramic ware “dressed†for pit firing. Boxes will be placed directly into the firing pit, unopened, and fired during the event on the evening of October 14, 2016. While dressing and packing your work for shipping, please remember to consider national and international material shipping restrictions and also firing safety. We ask that your cushioning material be something that will not only protect your work in transit, but also benefit the firing technique. Please avoid all plastics-based packing mediums, and concentrate on those that are safely combustible. We will place boxes in the pit with the mailing address facing up, so pack your work accordingly. Participants are asked to email a digital photo of their work to thompsonpfauv@cochise.edu with information including the artist’s name, location, media/type of clay, dressing materials, and any other pertinent information so that pieces may be identified correctly post-firing. We also ask that you include your mailing address in the digital materials so that we may send you a thank-you gift. Finished pieces will be photographed and placed in the Pit Fire Exhibition on the Cochise College Douglas campus gallery, as well as displays on the Sierra Vista campus. Invitational pieces will be auctioned off to benefit the Cochise College Art Department Fund. Digital photos of the finished work will be returned to each artist via email, as well as posted on the event website at http://www.pitfirefestival.com. You can also view the event on facebook at: https://www.facebook...PitFireFestival We ask that the college receive all pieces no later than Monday, October 10th. Boxes should be addressed to: Tate Rich – Pit Fire Invitational Cochise College Art Dept. 4190 West Hwy 80 Douglas, AZ. 85607 Participating artists and friends are welcome to attend the event in on the Cochise College campus in Douglas, AZ, on October 14, 2016, 5-9pm. For any questions or additional information, feel free to contact Virginia Pfau Thompson, at thompsonpfauv@cochise.edu, (520)525-3673 or Tate Rich at richt@cochise.edu, (520)417-4025. We look forward to your participation this event!
  3. For anyone who is interested, here is the curriculum plan for a ceramics BFA degree through New Hampshire Institute of Art. http://www.nhia.edu/~/media/files/catalog-info-brochures/nhia_curriculum_bfa-ceramics.pdf?la=en best, ........................john
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