Students enrolled in this minor will be introduced to the rich traditions of ceramic practice — from wheel throwing to 3-D modeling — while encouraging the use of materials and methods as vehicles for individual expression in contemporary art. They will be exposed to lectures and readings in the history of clay and critical writings on the subject. A variety of classes is offered including beginning and advanced ceramics, wheel throwing, clay and glaze formulation, art and technology, modeling and mold making, sculpture, visual literacy and theory and criticism. As students advance in the level of their studies, they can choose to follow a traditional approach to clay and/or pursue exploration and experimentation with the medium including freedom to create mixed-media pieces or to bring technology in to their work. The goal is to create a strong foundation in clay significant to the career path of their choosing. The total number of units is required for this minor is 22.