Texas Tech University

Pottery in a kiln

School of Art
Master of Fine Arts
Ceramics Emphasis

Master of Fine Arts in ceramics emphasis

Our program seeks to provide a stimulating and challenging environment for artistic and intellectual growth. Texas Tech University has a notable history as a center of ceramic art innovation, research, and education.  Graduate students are expected to pursue rigorous personal artistic research, both conceptually and technically. The Ceramics area strives to conduct an intense studio-based experience that stresses the development of concepts through making, at the same time embracing a balance between supporting the attainment of skills and techniques while encouraging independence, innovation, and critical thinking through rigorous critique.

What sets us apart

Extraordinary, world class facilities encourage inter-disciplinary exploration, while also supporting the creative research of a traditional based MFA student. Having added new technology with multiple 3D Modeling and 3D Printing capabilities is pushing new boundaries in the field. World-renowned faculty ensure that graduates of the program have pushed their research to new levels while learning the techniques and concepts that will enable their work to take any direction they wish.

Being an intense studio-based experience, a thriving visiting artist program deepens the directive of the program by providing outside sources for hands on learning. Guest artists who deliver lectures and/or conduct workshops and critiques heighten the instruction of the program. Recent visiting artists include Patti Warishina, Elaine O. Henry, Eva Zethraeus, Bede Clarke, Bill Hunt, John Balistreri, Don Reitz, Jamie Walker, Brenda Lichman, Forrest Middleton, Tom Bartel, Christyl Boger, Barbara Frey, Robert "Boomer" Moore, Ron Nagle and Brad Schwieger to name a few.


Facilities & Technology

Superlative facilities support the creative research of the Texas Tech University ceramics student. Students are encouraged to research functional ceramics, figurative ceramics, sculptural ceramics, interdisciplinary approaches to art with clay, and any possible thing they are open to investigating.


6 – Individual Ceramic MFA Graduate Studios

2 -  large classroom spaces, and a technology room for ceramics

Dedicated Glaze room

Dedicated Clay Mixing room

3 - Wood Kilns

1 - 50 cu. ft. Cross-Draft Soda Kiln

1 - 50 cu. ft. Salt Kiln

1 - 50 cu. ft. Saggar Kiln

2 - Raku Kilns

3 - 30 cu. ft. Gas Kilns

12 - Electric Kilns of various sizes

3 - Geil Down Draft Kilns

1 - 54 cu.ft. Geil Shuttle Kiln

8 - Electric Test Kilns

1 - 12 cu. ft. Gas Test Kiln

2 - 27-Ton Log Splitter

2 - Blue Bird Mixers

2 - Soldner Mixers

2 - Peter Puggers

1 - Bailey De-Airing Mixer/Pugmill

3 – PotterBot Clay Printers (one, Potterbot 9XL Pro Printer; two, Scara Printers)

Enduring Images Decal Printer

Digital Scales

Glaze Spray Booth

36” North Star Slab Roller

25 Electric Potters wheels

2 - Lockerbie Potters Wheels

2 - Extruders

Sand Blasting Cabinet


Multiple pieces of Photography and Video Projection Equipment

Computer and Laser Printer for Ceramic Student Research


Clay Mixing & Glaze Room

Both rooms have a state of the art ventilation system.


Graduate Students

List of Students






Alumni Success


Wesley Smith: Associate Professor @ University of North Dakota

Layne Thrift: Associate Professor of Art @ University of Science and Art of Oklahoma

Andrea Moon: Assistant Professor of Art at Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis Missouri; Former Co-Coordinator for Education @ the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China 

Dryden Wells: Instructional Technician of wood, metals and ceramics at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University; Former Co-Coordinator of Operations @ the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China 

Wes Harvey: Graduate Coordinator and Lecturer Ceramics  @ Georgia State University 

Ian Thomas: Assistant professor of Art @ Alleghany College in Meadville, PA. 

Chase Gamblin: Studio Coordinator @ Indiana University – Bloomington 

Rolando Shaw: Owns his own pottery studio business in Salado, TX.

John Thomas Richard: Assistant Professor of Art @ Kirksville Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA. 

Bruce Alves: Instructor and Gallery assistant for the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design St Louis, MO. 

Jillian Cooper: Studio Coordinator and Ceramic Instructor @ Collin Community College in Plano, TX. 

Adam Redd: Studio Artist and Summer Head Chef for Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts 

Zach Tate: Former Assistant Professor of Art @ the University of Notre Dame, Presently Assistant Professor of Art at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro AR. 

Tony Wise: Wheelhouse Studios Operations Director, Art Committee Advisor, Union Art Collection Manager at the University of Wisconsin,  Madison. 

Charles Dreis: Former Studio Assistant at University of North Dakota

Matthew Wright: Coronado High School Ceramics teacher, Board Member of the National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition Foundation, INC. 

Mark Hilliard: Former Associate Professor of Ceramics at Wayland Baptist University, Plainview TX.

Carolina Alamilla: Assistant Professor of Art at Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, Pennsylvania 

Jami White: Middle School Art Teacher, Willie McCool Academy

Brandy Green-Russell: Assistant Professor of Art at University of the Ozarks, Clarksville, Arkansas 

Kate Sutter: Instructor at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania

Jacob Robertson: Studio Technician at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Patricia A. Earl


Contact the Advisor

Patricia A. Earl
Senior Academic Advisor

Master of Fine Arts in ceramics emphasis faculty

Juan Granados

Juan Granados

Von Venhuizen

Von Venhuizen
Associate Professor