The 2,200 square feet sculpture studio is designed to accomodate needs of all students in four levels of sculpture: Art 142 Introduction to Studio: Sculpting Processes, Art 242 Sculpture, Art 342 Advanced Sculpture, and Art 491 Senior Project.
Students at Grinnell College work in a state of the art ceramics studio to create handbuilt, wheel thrown pieces. The 2,200 square foot studio is equipped with 12 electric potter’s wheels, 3 extruders and a slab roller. Students use gram scales to make glazes from scratch in a well-ventilated glaze chemistry alcove. Students assist in stacking kilns. We bisque fire in a Skutt kiln and glaze fire ceramic work to cone 10 in a 40 cf Alpine gas kiln. There is an adjacent patio area where students can do raku firing.
The Studio Art Department provides curricular opportunities for the development of technical skills, aesthetic judgment, and historical understanding. Participation in studio classes stimulates critical thinking and refines creative potential in the visual arts. Students who major in art may elect a studio concentration. Majors are expected to enrich their concentration through selected courses offered by other departments.