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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.

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.

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Ceramics Student Work

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 and $50,000 United States Artists Fellowship

Faculty positions

  • Buffalo State University
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • MassArt
  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • University of Florida
  • Texas State University
  • University of West Florida
  • Adams State University

Other employment

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


  • Anderson Ranch Arts Center
  • Archie Bray Foundation
  • Arrowmont for the Arts and Crafts
  • Watershed
  • Red Lodge
  • Pocosin Art Center
  • Red Star Studios
  • Mudflat Studios
  • Vermont Studio Center
  • Pottery Northwest


  • United States Artist Fellow
  • American Craft Council Emerging Artist Award
  • Emerging Artist, Fiber Art Now
  • Commission-Philadelphia International Airport
  • Visual Arts Grant, The Kunststiftung North Rhine-Westphalia. Schöppingen, Germany
  • Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, Mainline Art Center
  • Fleisher Wind Challenge Grant, Fleisher Art Memorial

A limited number of assistantships are available on a competitive basis. This award is subject to the work needs of the position and department, your satisfactory performance of duties, your academic record, and availability of funds, and may be subject to change.

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

Changes to Graduate Studies admission requirements

In response to the COVID‐19 pandemic, admission requirements for graduate degree and certificate programs may have changed.
Learn more about changes to requirements


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:

Deadlines and Test Requirements

Ceramics Faculty

Rebecca Hutchinson

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Program Progress Sheet

Course Catalog

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