Ceramics studio practices/ courses are designed to introduce processes of different techniques and structures, materials and further visual skills as an artist, and also for students who have experience and would like to push and pursue personal direction toward artistic and professional level. The main focus is to develop individual direction and ways to focus through creative processes and understanding materials as an expressive and creative language. Studio practice investigates both information on contemporary art and theory relevant to architecture, installation, movement, form, sculpture, utility, design, and conceptual aspects that include ceramics, design, drawing, film, painting, photography, and sculpture that New England Institute of Education, the Department of Fine Arts offers.
Students also have opportunities to visit and attend artist studios, national and international conferences and symposia, special workshops, familiarity with artistic resources for their art fields at a professional level which considered as a part of our curriculum. Personal artistic direction, structure, challenge and motivation are the keys for preparing students for a professional experience and career in the arts. Studio practice will make students be able to think creatively, to be able to evaluate and communicate their thoughts and languages through their own materials and visions.
The Department of Ceramics at New England Institute of Education follows a material specific, interdisciplinary investigation in which Fine Arts is the field of research and innovation. To be capable is to open the restless mind to many wonders. We discuss and challenge our limitations and objects. We examine viewpoints, place in time, changes, and improvements as an opportunity to reach the broadest and most positive definition of visual expression and quality. We overturn, modify and question our way of seeing and comprehending the contexts of visible and invisible connections that symbolize visual languages, as well as, expose the symbolic, philosophical vision and aesthetic force, as we push the artistic tradition far into the future with possibilities and potential. Questioning is the only constant for learning to wonder about, as well as, to wonder at art.
Clay, as a material, has the boundless power to cross time, connect history and challenge the intellectual process. Reflective of this changing dynamic, contemporary and post-modern ceramics continues to explore its role and challenge perceived constraints of the media. Its receptivity to the possibilities of the unexpected and its response to the world aesthetically and intellectually that evidences our motivation and vision in our creative process.
With the total commitment of the department, we believe that ceramics and its expression of context characterizes every reason to extend ceramic’s role in the world through providing new avenues of critical thinking, initiative, cultural significance, and technological innovations. We explore clay instinctively and are motivated by its inviting and responsive sensory qualities. Metamorphosis, a kind of trial, is the beginning of a rebirth that allows us to move fluidly across the material of clay and its methods. It gives us a new understanding about ceramic materials; it also challenges our boundaries, creative expression, material applications, skill, and connections with the rich history of ceramics and artistic movements. It provides a new vitality within the broader body of ceramic art and time, paramount as the future begins.