September First Friday

September 7, 2010

The Fall semester was kicked off last Friday with great ceramic pieces by undergraduate students Mandy Yourick and Karen Tharp.


Mandy Yourick

Clay, Ink, Water, Time


“Stretching Long Distance”

Karen Tharp

Slip-cast Porcelain, Typeface, Scented Wax


“Academic Overload”

Karen Tharp

Slip-cast Porcelain, Wax, Cut Textbooks

Mandy Yourick’s “Advice” was on display in the Phyllis Straus Gallery inside the BFA Warehouse.

Karen Tharp’s pieces can be viewed the rest of this month by appointment at The Strange Circus Gallery. To make an appointment, e-mail


Kiln Building Update!

October 22, 2009

The MFA warehouse is close to having two new kilns!


The small catenary-arch test kiln – with new door.  Brittni & Mark stack the chimney.


The chimney is getting too tall for Mark & Karen to stack on foot.

P1010070On the other side of the kiln area, Josh and Mark level out a concrete base for the larger sprung-arch kiln.

P1010344The base & floor of the sprung-arch kiln.

P1010345UH-OH – we forgot to tie in the chimney & line it (and the burner ports) with hard brick. Re-stacking time.

P1010349Team chimney (Brit & Karen) custom makes bricks.


Team door/burner ports (Hailey, Mark, Stephen) custom makes bricks and gets creative on this day full of problem solving.


Now we’re talkin! The chimney are burner ports are finished and we quickly get past the first row lock.

P1010359The sprung-arch kiln is 14 bricks high, with two burner ports & four salt ports (two above the burner ports, two more on the sides).

Check back soon for pictures of the sprung-arch’s sprung-arch (roof).


October 19, 2009


Holly Hanessian’s Ceramic Seminar class held a reception at the Phyllis Straus Gallery in the BFA Warehouse on October 9th, 6-9 pm. The show featured ceramic objects and installations by MFA and BFA students

Amanda Boekhout
Eduardo Carriazo
Chalet Comellas
Tana Hamilton
Stephen Hawks
Oscar Perez
Mark Stafford
Karen Tharp
Brittni Wegmann
Mandy Yourick


Stephen Hawks, “Terra Firma”

Brittni Wegmann, “Creature Feature”

Kiln Building @ MFA Warehouse

September 5, 2009

Lyman Edwards’ Kiln Building class  broke ground this week at the MFA Warehouse, located off Appleyard Drive. Bricks were sorted and weeds were pulled to get the space ready for the two gas-powered kilns that will be built over the next two months. The class plans to first build a sprung-arch downdraft kiln & a catenary arch cross draft kiln, before delving into more creative kilns in the second half of the fall semester.



more info @ Lyman’s Class Blog


Turkey Platter Decorating!

November 3, 2008


Thanks to all MFA students and ceramics assistants that came out yesterday to decorate turkey platters!  We had a great afternoon of collegial bonding and decorated many beautiful platters.

Please check back soon for images of finished platters and more information on our silent auction

Silent Auction Dates:  Nov 19-21st at FSU’s Museum of Fine Arts

Print on Clay

October 22, 2008


In yesterday’s advanced ceramics Print on Clay class, Julie Guyot demonstrated different stencil techniques using masking tape and wax resist. The class is currently working on Turkey Platters for the Second Annual Turkey Platter Auction which will be on November 21st.

Blog Updates Launched!

October 17, 2008

Today we unveil our new blog, with updates to current faculty, staff, and students. Please forward our address to friends and bookmark us to check back often! We have a lot of exciting things happening at FSU and will be posting images and updates as we get ready to unveil our new ceramics facility, opening in 2009.


October 15, 2008

The FSU Department of Art is pleased to announce the foundation of Ceramics in Hungary.  Set at the renown International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary in summer 2009.  Associate Professor Holly Hanessian is excited for the opportunity to share this international educational experience with students from across the US.

Deadline for enrollment is December 5th with a cap of 12 students.  Spaces will fill quickly!

Undergraduate art work

May 23, 2008

The Ceramics Department will feature Undgraduate Student artwork in the “Undergrad” tab. Check back for updates.