Clay and Ceramics
WNMU’s Ceramics Department offers expert instruction, encouraging student exploration in wheel throwing, hand-building, material science, and kiln firing.Â For over thirty years, WNMU’s Ceramics Studio has grown and through commitment, consistency and hard work, the department boasts facilities that rival larger institutions.
The Ceramics Department at WNMU is housed in the McCray Building on campus and includes two well equipped classrooms and kiln yard featuring:
- fifteen electric wheels
- multiple electric kilns
- Peter mixer/pugger
- Walker pug mill
- Bluebird pug mill
- 2 raku kilns
- 24 cu.ft. Alpine Downdraft gas kiln
- 20 cu.ft. Alpine Updraft gas kiln
- 50 cu.ft. salt kiln
- 40 cu.ft. soda kiln
- Wood train kiln
WNMU Ceramics Program provides a well designed curriculum steeped in history, providing students with a well rounded education, preparing students to enter the world as a successful ceramic artist.Â The Ceramics Department boasts a history of visiting artist’s workshops with internationally known clay artists including: Paul Soldner, David Shaner, Don Sprague, Tara Wilson, Tom Coleman, Malcolm Davis and Gay Smith, which exposes students to the lifestyle and dedication of the working artist.Â The small town of Silver City houses multiple working ceramic artists, galleries and the annual Clay Festival, providing students with a supportive, artistic community.