Ceramics added as a concentration
Starting this fall students will again be able to study ceramics as a concentration under the art and design major.
“We are jumping right in,” visiting assistant professor Richard Holt, head of the ceramics department, said.
The concentration’s return means more resources can be used on ceramics classes. The department plans to move into the future of ceramics by integrating new equipment and techniques.
“The ceramics department has always been rooted in the traditional methods,” Holt said. “We are going to do our best to make it more cutting edge.”
This summer the department plans to acquire a color decal printer, a machine used to decorate the surface of clay, Holt said.
Holt is designing new courses this summer for the concentration.
“We will have courses that will be available to students from any discipline,” he said.
Letting potential students know the concentration has returned is the first step, Holt said.
“That is the biggest step, getting students here,” Holt said.
The search for new students will start at area high schools and community colleges. Holt will also be sharing the news with his colleagues in the ceramics field and later at ceramics education conferences.
There is no way of knowing how many students will take the concentration in the fall, according to Holt. However, he already knows of students who are interested in adding ceramics as a minor.
“People who are transferring in to Towson will see that they have the option,” Holt said.
No faculty members will be added to teach the new concentration.
“We have three adjunct professors that will be able to handle the new classes,” he said. “We had a lot of support from the art faculty when we applied to have the concentration return.”