Contemporary Crafts Major

Create Objects – Ceramics, arts, and crafts – with a Purpose.

In the inaugural class of Columbus College of Art & Design's new Contemporary Crafts program, you work in clay, glass, fiber, metal, and non-traditional materials to create highly crafted pieces that will inspire ideas for exhibition and or mass production. In a major that goes far beyond the world of craft fairs, you'll dive into digital practices and learn about a variety of production techniques to make objects that impact society, economy and culture. People will purchase, wear, use, exhibit and write about what you do. You will graduate with studio, conceptual and business experience, ready to enter the field of contemporary crafts as a thoughtful, skilled and engaged maker.

Our graduates go on to work as jewelry designers, ceramicists, glassblowers, entrepreneurs, festival artists, arts administrators, art critics, museum curators, exhibition designers, gallery directors and owners.

contemporary crafts Facilities

You'll have access to:

  • Fully equipped ceramics studio, including mixers, extruders, ram press, slab rollers and kilns that include gas, electric and raku
  • Glass studio that's equipped for hot and cold work and includes 425 lb clear day tank, casting and fusing kilns, magnetic annealers, lapidary wheels and a diamond bandsaw
  • Jewelry studio with individual benches for student use, each with a flex shaft, and a lab that includes forming and raising tools, casting equipment, rolling mills, sandblasters and soldering stations
  • Tool room with common hand tools for fabrication, stone setting and mold making

Student and alumni works

  • Alchemy Alembic & Equipment; Fine Arts; Katie Zeilman; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Alchemy Alembic & Equipment
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  • Lullaby; Fine Arts; Betsy Toadvine; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Lullaby
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  • Lay Claim #8; Fine Arts; Bethany James; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Lay Claim #8
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  • Hangers, Fine Arts, Ashley Bevington, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Hangers
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  • Untitled, Fine Arts, Royce Hilderbrand, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Untitled
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Contemporary Crafts Careers

Arts administrator
Art critic
Ceramicist
Entrepreneur
Exhibition designer
Festival artist
Gallery director
Gallery owner
Glassblower
Jewelry designer
Museum curator

Employers

  • California State University Long Beach
  • Ceramics Monthly
  • Christopher Hofman Fine Crafts
  • Corning Museum of Glass
  • Diamond Cellar
  • Dichotomie
  • Hawkins & Hawkins Custom
  • Jason Wolff Pottery
  • L Brands
  • Lexington Glassworks
  • Martha Sullivan Jewelry
  • Megs LeVesseur Pottery
  • North Coast Post
  • Stockton University
  • Stonybrook University
  • The Smithery

Credit hours

Requirement
Program Requirements 42
CORE Studio Requirements 36
CORE Liberal Arts Requirements 42
Total
120

Course information

Check out the Contemporary Craft Major's course requirements chart on the major flyer.

Full-time faculty

Kelly Malec-Kosak, Chair of Fine Arts, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Chair of Fine Arts
  • Associate Professor
kmalec-kosak@ccad.edu
614.437.1060
Julie Abijanac, Associate Professor, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Associate Professor
jabijanac@ccad.edu
614.437.7536
Kaname Takada is a professor in the Contemporary Crafts department at Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Professor
ktakada@ccad.edu
614.437.7489

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