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Work by Student Artist Ian Paisley
Work by Student Artist Ian Paisley

Ceramics embraces a challenging process-based practice that is inclusive of the history and traditions of the material while also encouraging a diverse and open-ended contemporary practice.

As a student you will learn the importance of object making in a studio that embraces community, collaboration, and the idea that the relevance of ceramics to contemporary creative practice continues to evolve and emerge. You will participate in an extensive investigation of the medium, explore a wide spectrum of techniques using both ancient and emerging technology, and investigate ideas through an approach that is broad in scope and encourages cross-disciplinary thinking and creating.


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Art Major, B.F.A.



The newly renovated Ceramics studio features a large common workspace with worktables and eighteen potter’s wheels. There are dedicated spaces for clay and slip making, glazing, plaster, and a large kiln area complete with 11 electric kilns, three gas kilns and one raku kiln.  The studio has specialized equipment for making decals, exploring china paint and many additional tools for surface decorating.Inside the Ceramics Studio



Tsehai Johnson

Tsehai Johnson
Associate Professor - Studio Art Program Coordinator and Ceramics


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Please schedule appointments using our online scheduling tool in the Student Hub. Be aware that some of our faculty advisors are only conducting phone or virtual appointments. Be sure to check your university email for any follow up regarding the mode in which your appointment will be conducted. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300 if you need any assistance making an appointment.

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Born in Ethiopia in 1966, Tsehai Johnson received degrees from Reed College (BA Art History), Massachusetts College of Art (BFA Ceramics), and the University of Colorado (MFA Ceramics). Exhibitions include Plus Gallery, Denver; Biennale Internationale de Vallauris, Magnelli Museum, France; Denver Art Museum, White Columns, New York; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; and the World Ceramic Biennale, Korea. Collections include the Museum of Ceramics, New York; Museum of Outdoor Arts, Colorado; and the Reyzjanesbaer Art Museum, Iceland. She received a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship in 2003 and completed an Art in Architecture commission for the Rogers Federal Building in Denver in 2013.                    

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