Sunday, 6 November 2016


WINTER 2017 (January - April)

NSCAD Ceramics continues its dynamic role internationally for progressive approaches to BFA and MFA studies. The Ceramics Department is respected for its programming in pottery and contemporary sculpture issues and more recently its architectural and design investigations, recognizing the complex relationship between the built environment and contemporary social and ecological issues.

We are inviting new and returning students to come to NSCAD for the Winter 2017 semester to try out our new courses in our incredibly equipped studios.

  • You are a student from one of our partner schools studying through our Mobility or Exchange program.
  • You are a current ceramics student at a non-exchange-partner school transfering our courses back to your program.
  • You are a ceramic artist enrolling as a special student for professional development purposes.

We welcome you to apply for this special Winter 2017 semester (January - April) of ceramics study by November 15.


The newly revised Ceramics Program offers three streams: throwing/pottery, hand-building/sculpture and design/mold/digital fabrication, in order to direct your learning to more particular outcomes. An expanded offering allows interdisciplinary students to build a portfolio of ideas in the Ceramics studios. Our topic workshops offer in-depth approaches on graphic, narrative and technical approaches to the ceramic surface, figuration, installation, architecture and tableware.
The program emphasizes craft theory, history and discourse. As such, NSCAD is committed to researching technologies to support new ceramic practices combining developments in materials and computer interface 3D fabricating technologies. Ceramics has mold making facilities, a large RAM press, extruders, clay mixing facilities, spray booth, fully equipped glaze lab and 15 kilns, including three state-of-the-art Blaauw computer controlled gas kilns.

NSCAD ceramics graduates have successfully entered MFA programs such as Alfred University, University of Florida and RISD, and have become professors in institutions such as Alberta College of Art and Design, Alfred University, MICA and Sheridan College.


For the full list of courses offered during the Winter 2017 semester, search our online registration system, WebAdvisor.

CERM 3512 Architecture + Ceramics - Neil Forrest

This course examines the intersection of architecture and ceramics. Ceramics has historically been essential to functional and narrative capacities of architecture. This course will examine new artistic and technical potentials for ceramics in contemporary architecture, and provide a conceptual and theoretical framework to articulate new relationships Students will work with structured and self-directed projects and be presented with a range of architectural parameters in which to develop a responsive practice in a truly interdisciplinary context. In addition to tiles and other envelope/sheathing forms of ceramic, students will be challenged to find new environmental applications and artistic narratives. Architects and designers will present the contemporary issues of architecture in regards to social, artistic and engineering needs.

CERM 3513 Art of the Table - Joan Bruneau

The table is the context in which ceramics will define social space. This course will examine historical and contemporary approaches to function as it relates to food, society and ceramics.  What and how we eat is never static and this course will dissect social interaction through objects in the environment of the dinner table. The organization, display and relationships among ceramic objects create and define social spaces. Historical form will be part of an equation to find contemporary form, and tableware will be seen as a tool of social interaction. Examples from contemporary design and craft will inform processes in moldmaking, handbuilding and throwing as primary construction techniques.

CERM 3110 Intermediate moldmaking and digital fabrication- RoryMacDonald

This course develops techniques of slip casting and complex mold-making for students with prior experience in ceramics. Moldmaking stands alone as a method of fabrication, but is widely used as a supportive technique within a studio oeuvre. Molds apply equally to the typologies of pottery, sculpture and architecture within the medium of casting slip (liquid clay). Conventional and experimental methods will help students develop a range of indirect fabrication methods to produce unique vocabularies. This course exploits the process of slip casting to amplify design and production methods for all ceramic genres. Students work in small teams to organize and gas reduction and electric kilns at midrange using semi porcelains and whitewares.

AHIS 2657 Folk Art - Sandra Alfoldy

This course will explore the complicated history of folk art, its relationship to main street art, and the importance of folk art to Nova Scotia's cultural identity. Folk art is generally understood as utilitarian, decorative art created in cultural isolation by anonymous, untrained artists. We will question the role of folk art in our globalized world and how it compares to outsider art while examining the extraordinary objects created by ordinary people.

AHIS 4513 Senior Seminar: Craft and Food - Sandra Alfoldy

Craft and food have always been intimately connected. From early artisanal production out of sheer necessity to the extravagances of the table in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to today's resurgence of artisanal foods, this course will explore the morals, manners and materials of craft and food. The seminar will culminate in a dinner party.



If you are a mobility or exchange student at one of our partner schools, you may apply through your on-campus mobility or exchange office. We are extending the deadline for application for Ceramics studies for Winter 2017. Application details are found here. Please contact: for more information.


If you are currently studying at another art college or university or you have recently graduated, but wish to enrol for further studies in our Special Semester of Ceramics, apply as an Advanced Standing student with your program specialization in Ceramics. Application details are found here. Please contact: for more information.


If you are a graduate of a ceramics program or a professional ceramic artist and wish to join our courses to further your professional development, apply as an Advanced Standing student with your program specialization in Ceramics. Application details are found here. Please contact: for more information.

No comments: