Contemporary Crafts major
Create objects with a purpose.
In our Contemporary Crafts program, you’ll work in clay, glass, metal, and nontraditional materials to create highly crafted pieces that will inspire ideas for exhibition and/or mass production. 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 gallery owners.
Fine Arts alumni focusing on crafts accepted into graduate programs:
Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, State University of New York at New Paltz, California State University at Long Beach, and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Peek goggles-free into the wood, jewelry, and welding studios of Battelle Hall
You'll have access to:
Fully equipped ceramics studio, including mixers, extruders, slip tanks, slab rollers, and kilns that include gas, electric, salt, and raku
Glass studio that’s equipped for hot and cold work and includes color and clear tanks, casting equipment, large 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
California State University at Long Beach
Corning Museum of Glass
Martha Sullivan Jewelry
Megs LeVesseur Pottery
North Carolina Glass Center
North Coast Post
Northwest Woodworkers Gallery
Stony Brook University
Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion