The Ceramics major at Scripps College provides students with a firm grounding in ceramic history and technology while exposing them to the broader vistas of the contemporary fine art world. A small student-faculty ratio and 24-hour studio access creates an environment conducive to the production of singular works of art. Emphasis is placed upon conceptual development, material exploration, experimentation, and craftsmanship. Students are expected to be intellectually curious, self-motivated, and open to advice and criticism. They are encouraged to take risks and challenge themselves at every level. Medium exclusivity is discouraged in favor of an artistic methodology in which concept comes first and determines the choice of materials. Operating within the larger context of the student’s liberal arts education, the ceramics area and Art Department at large encourage interdisciplinary approaches to thinking and working.
The ceramics area at Scripps is headed by multidisciplinary artist and professor Adam Davis. In addition to teaching the ceramic curriculum – Beginning Ceramic Sculpture, Beginning Wheel Throwing, and Intermediate and Advanced Ceramics – Professor Davis also teaches Sculpture, Fundamentals of Art, and Representations of the Male Body in Contemporary Art and Culture, a course that is offered as part of the Scripps Core programming.
In 2011, thanks to the generous support of Joan and David Lincoln, the ceramics department at Scripps embarked upon yet another phase in its illustrious history. Augmenting its already established record as an innovative discipline within a progressive contemporary art department that holds strong ties to other fields of study on campus, the Lincoln’s endowment enabled even greater expansion and transformation. In addition to the creation of an additional 5,000 square foot dedicated ceramics facility, the Lincoln’s gift ushered in new ties with the graduate program at the Claremont Graduate University. Starting in the fall of 2011, the newly formed Scripps, CGU partnership will enable graduate students to receive degrees from the Claremont Graduate University while simultaneously working alongside with professors and students at Scripps. In addition, the Lincoln endowment will provide generous financial support and teaching assistantship opportunities to graduate students interested in working with clay.
In the fall of 2012, the fist Joan and David Lincoln Visiting Professor in Ceramics arrived on campus. This newly formed rotating position also breaks new ground in further forging and bridging our relations with CGU. Upon the visiting professors arrival, the College embarked upon a departmental expansion of ceramics into a two-faculty member area and increased the variety of programming and course offerings.
Past visiting ceramic artists
Michael Jones Mckean
Allison Petty Ragguette
Scripps College Ceramic Studio Facts and Figures
New Joan and David Lincoln Ceramics Center: 5000 sq. ft.
Paul Soldner Ceramics Studio: 2700 sq. ft.
|Electric Kilns||Skutt-Digital: 31″ x 28″ x 28″
Skutt-Digital: 25″ x 25″ x 36″
Skutt-Digital: 28″ x 28″ x 28″
Skutt-Digital: 26″ x 23″ x 23″
Test Kiln: 11″ x 11″ x 8″
|Gas Kilns||Car Kiln (Updraft): 52″ x 54″ x 36″
High Fire (Updraft): 46″ x 28″ x 36″
Portable Raku: 10 Cubic Feet
|Clay Mixers (Outdoor)||Soldner (1)|
|Electric Pottery Wheels||Pacifica (10)
|Slab Rollers||Brent- 22″ x 72″
Brent- 30″ x 72″
|Pugmill/Mixer (Shimpo NVS-07 )|
|Spray Booth||48″ x 24″ x 48|
|Slip mixing, pouring and reclaiming (Big Puddle)|
|Lilly Pond Slip Mixer||5 gallon|
|Wedging Tables (2)|
|Miscellaneous||Flat Screen TV with external audio
Digital Projector, DVD Player, Bose Audio
Hand Held Grinder
Ceramic Library (Books and Videos)