The Ceramics Area at the University of New Mexico supports the development of diverse personal visions

Our work ranges from utilitarian pottery, objects, sculpture, and installations to site-specific works, community-engaged projects, and cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary practice, and honor national curriculum and safety standards.

Special, field-based courses, in time-honored, Pueblo Pottery traditions, are taught and developed by Clarence Cruz of the Oh-kay Owingeh Pueblo. A Luce Foundation Indigenous Knowledge Fellow, Professor Cruz fosters inclusive, cross-cultural dialog, and draws on the singularity of the Southwest.

a potter's hands throwing on the wheel
art student hand building a sculpture out of clay

Ceramics Facilities

Ceramics is housed in three separate buildings. Undergraduate facilities are located in the Art Building and Masley Hall on main campus. Graduate and faculty facilities can be found at the Charles Mattox Research Center, a few blocks off-campus. The Mattox spans over 30,000-square-feet of cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary workspace, dedicated to individual studios, communal areas for large-scale works, exhibition and critique rooms. Students with backgrounds in Ceramics, Arts and Ecology, Experimental Art and Technology, Sculpture and Small Scale Metals Construction are admitted into the MFA program by the consensus decision of faculty in those five areas.

Ceramics Materials and Equipment Checklist

Ceramics At the Art Building

  • Raw clays and glaze materials
  • Soldner clay mixers
  • Pugmill
  • Ball mill
  • Slip mixer
  • Slab roller
  • Extruder
  • Electric and kick-wheels
  • Electric kilns
  • 30-cubic-foot Geil Downdraft kiln
  • 60-cubic- foot Alpine kiln
  • Raku kiln and pit areas

Ceramics at Masely Hall

  • Electric and Kick-wheels
  • Slab roller
  • Electric kilns
  • Geil downdraft

Mattox Equipment

  • Fully equipped, woodshop
  • Fully metal fabrication facilities Electric kilns
  • Slab roller
  • Spray glaze booth
  • Soldner clay mixer
  • Slip mixer
various ceramic equipment including wheel and tools

Ceramics Faculty