Potters and ceramic artists think with their minds, hearts and handsCeramic art and implements are ancient. Xianrendong Cave in southeastern China revealed pottery fragments more than 20,000 years old. Archaeologists discovered ceramic pieces in Croatia that date back to the last Ice Age, or some 17,500 years ago. Nok artists in West Africa created life-size terracotta figures around 2,000 years ago, leaving behind unique clues regarding a curiously advanced culture that vanished from unknown causes around 300 C.E.
Civilizations from Greece to Central America to Japan have produced a bounty of ceramic treasures. In 2014, a tiny porcelain bowl decorated with farmyard fowl sold for nearly $37 million at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. One of 19 “chicken cups” in the world, the piece originated during the Ming dynasty and set a record for the most expensive Chinese porcelain artifact ever sold at auction.
Today, the world of ceramics and pottery is a wellspring of fine art and applied art objects. Ceramists employ numerous different materials and techniques to fashion visual and tactile wonders of the imagination. The process itself is exceptionally rewarding. People find peace and harmony working with clay—getting the hang of a potter’s wheel is often ranked as one of the most fascinating and rewarding hobbies out there.
Eva Herzigová, the Czech supermodel, put it this way: “I do pottery. I love it. It’s very relaxing; it takes me to another planet.”
Why Ceramics at Inver Hills?
Inver Hills Community College offers ceramics courses for both the hobbyist and aspiring professional artist. You can take beginning and advanced studio courses in ceramics as your personal area of focus. The A.F.A. in Art at Inver Hills is a pre-professional degree that delivers introductory art and art history courses with a focus on historical, cultural and contemporary perspectives, including your own individual expression in the arts.
The Art department at Inver Hills features superb facilities, including a Ceramics Room and Advanced Ceramics Lab, that provide the atmosphere, tradition, tools and technology you need to propel yourself forward as an artist.
Many of our students take art courses as part of their liberal arts requirements while others complete their freshman and sophomore years at Inver Hills and then transfer to a Bachelor of Fine Arts program at a four-year college or university.
If you are aiming to launch your career, earning an A.F.A. gives you the power and know-how to find your niche as a creative professional. You also have the option take a few courses to discover your favorite artistic medium before continuing your studies for noncredit.