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Ceramics (MFA)

The MFA in Artisanry - Ceramics is a 60 credit, 2- to 3-year program of study.

The Ceramics program offers the opportunity for concentrated studio work involving both technical and conceptual challenges. Through questioning and experimentation, students work to consolidate materials and processes while developing strong conceptual and expressive ideas.

Request more infoApplyGraduate Studies

Graduate students are encouraged to pursue individual areas of interest which may include fabrication of functional or sculptural forms. Your work in the studio is complemented by courses in clay and glaze formulation, kiln construction, and ceramic history and aesthetics.

You will work closely with a faculty advisor to ensure guided exploration to develop maturity. Individual meetings take place on a weekly basis and critiques occur each month. Studies culminate with both a visual and written thesis.

Jennifer Ling Datchuk MFA Ceramics 2008 Blue-and-Gold-Bold
Jennifer Ling Datchuck MFA '08

Winner of the American Craft Council 2017 Emerging Voices Artist Award

Faculty positions

  • Buffalo State University
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Southwest School of Art, San Antonio
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY Oswego
  • Green Mountain College
  • University of Florida
  • Berea College
  • Adams State University
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Rhode Island College

Other employment

  • Ceramic Production Manager, Sherle Wagner International
  • Owner, Los Angeles County Store
  • Educational Outreach Manager, Northern Clay Center
  • Director, The Pottery Workshop Jingdezhen, China
  • Curator, Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University
  • Educational Coordinator, Archie Bray Foundation
  • Director of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts




  • Anderson Ranch Arts Center
  • Archie Bray Foundation
  • Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
  • Mudflat Studio
  • Pocosin Art Center
  • Red Lodge Clay Center
  • Redstar Studios
  • Shigaraki Ceramic Culture Park
  • Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
  • The Clay Studio


  • Emerging Artist, Ceramics Monthly
  • Emerging Voices Award, American Craft Council
  • Fellowship, NY Foundation of the Arts
  • Fulbright Scholar
  • Individual Artist Award, Sculpture, Maryland State Arts Council
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship
  • Participant, Basel Switzerland




Ceramics Student Work

Bonnie Seeman - MFA - Ceramics
Ryan Blackwell - MFA - Ceramics
Corrine Beardsley - PBC - Ceramics
Angie Cunningham - PBC - Ceramics
Jennifer Ling Datchuck - MFA - Ceramics
Birdie Boone - MFA - Ceramics
Martha Grover - MFA - Ceramics
Leslie Macklin - MFA - Ceramics
Judd Schiffman -  PBC - Ceramics
Dawn Stetzel - MFA - Ceramics
Mallory Wetherell - MFA - Ceramics
Matt Ziemke - PBC - Ceramics

Pursue your MFA at UMassD

  • Assistantships: provide stipends, tuition waivers and fee reductions
  • Exhibition opportunities: local, regional, and on campus
  • Facilities: labs, equipment, and tools for artistic exploration and production
  • Faculty: involved in scholarly, creative, and professional projects
  • Individualized attention extended to every student
  • Interdisciplinary projects and committees are encouraged
  • Location: an hour from Providence, Boston, and Cape Cod
  • New Bedford: an active downtown arts community
  • University education: access to faculty in other fields
  • Visiting artists: enrich your artistic and professional development
  • Visual Resources Center: more than 150,000 archived images
  • Workspaces: assigned to each graduate student

Ceramics Faculty


In addition to your application and fee, you are required to provide the following:


Portfolio of 20 images representing your art work, process of thinking, implementation of concepts, and studio production. The portfolio is the equivalent of the entrance examinations which other academic areas often require. 

Submit your portfolio to: SlideRoom

Application materials

  • statement of purpose (minimum 300 words)
  • resume
  • official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless if a credential is earned or not)
  • 2 letters of recommendation

Email materials to:


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Teaching & Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are available on a competitive basis. See the Graduate Catalog for more information.

More information


Aaron Bourque

Full Time Lecturer
Art & Design
College of Visual & Performing Arts 357A