The major in ceramics requires two semester-long introductory courses. The emphasis of these courses is on handbuilt forms and throwing on the wheel. At the intermediate level, more complex thrown objects, handbuilding, and slab construction techniques are mastered. During the course of study in the ceramics major, specific concerns are covered, including surface decoration, glaze and clay chemistry, moldmaking, slip-casting, sculptural ceramics, pottery, kiln design, and kiln construction. All forms of firing techniques (primitive, raku, soda, wood, bisque, salt, low temperature, and high reduction) are incorporated. Special topics and independent studio are available to the student working at the advanced level.