Otago Polytechnic


Ceramics

Ceramics allows students to explore three-dimensional expression. Ceramic work can range from innovative, figurative and sculptural pieces to finely-made vessels. 

Study Ceramics as a contemporary art practice at Otago Polytechnic and be part of the only dedicated ceramics studio in New Zealand. You will benefit from an emphasis on hands-on experimentation in clay making workshops.

Become familiar with glaze technologies and develop ways of working that are appropriate for your artistic ideas.

Emphasis is on exploration and experimentation by extending the material qualities, processes and potential of ceramics as a medium for contemporary art practice. You will develop individual projects which explore ceramics as a medium with its own formal language, skills and history.

  Lecturers and coordinators

Lecturers: Scott Eady, MFA, Michele Beevors, MFA, MA

Diploma in Ceramic Arts Co-ordinator/Technician and Lecturer: Rob Cloughley, MFA
Rob is the Diploma in Ceramic Art programme coordinator and Ceramic Lecturer within the Dunedin School of Art. He has worked for Otago Polytechnic since 2002 and holds a Master of Fine Art. Rob's practice is in Ceramic Sculpture and he teaches a wide variety of ceramic related topics. Contact: Rob Cloughley.

Programme Advisor: Neil Grant, DFA
Neil mentors students in the Ceramics studio for BVA and DCA programmes.

  Programmes

Diploma in Ceramic Arts (Level 6)
Looking for a way to express your creativity? Undertake New Zealand’s only specialised tertiary programme in ceramic arts and explore a range of techniques and practices for creating an array of forms and imagery.

Diploma in Ceramic Arts (Level 7)
Take your ceramist skills to the next level with this specialised programme where the emphasis is on exploration and experimentation. Create works that unite practical ability and intellectual energy.

Glaze Theory and Practice course
Discover the secrets of what happens during the transformational process of firing and take the opportunity to research finishing processes which interest you. Introduction to Ceramics night class The Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic has the largest ceramics department in New Zealand. Benefit from an emphasis on hands-on experimentation in clay-making workshops.

Ceramics night class
The Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic has the largest ceramics department in New Zealand. Benefit from an emphasis on hands-on experimentation in clay-making workshops.

Bachelor of Visual Arts
Translate your creativity into a career! A qualification in the Visual Arts will allow you to find employment in an exciting and diverse range of professions such as a practising artist, curator, art educator or researcher. A variety of roles within the digital and film industries would also be possible.

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)
Ideal if you are a high achiever who intends to pursue further study, this research-focused programme culminates in an exhibition and writings demonstrating your intellectual rigour and professional expertise.

Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts
If you already hold a degree and would like to develop your fine arts skills, this programme offers you the chance to carry out an intensive course of study, tailored to suit your individual goals and requirements.

Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts
If you are seeking initial engagement in postgraduate study this structured programme is for you! Create a body of critically engaged studio work and write a set essay on an aspect of related research methodology.

Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts
Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills relevant to your chosen field through an original exhibition and associated writing, leading to a broader range of career options.

Master of Visual Arts
Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills relevant to your chosen field through an original exhibition and associated writing, leading to a broader range of career options.

Master of Fine Arts
Practicing artists will especially benefit from this in-depth research project, which has been benchmarked against national and international standards and culminates in a public exhibition and dissertation.

  Facilities

The department has wood, salt, electric and gas kilns, electric wheels and online research facilities for student use.