Greetings from Our Ceramics Department
Happy Holidays from the Admissions staff at Cranbrook Academy of Art! We welcome your interest in our Ceramics department and remind you that the application deadline for Fall 2019 is February 1.

You’ll find that we do things differently here. As America's number-one ranked independent graduate MFA program, and one of the top Ceramics programs in the country*, our students and mentors work side by side to develop an individual voice for lifelong creative practice. We think it works – and has for more than 85 years.

Situated on an Eliel Saarinen-designed campus that is a National Historic Landmark, the remarkable physical setting matches the intellectual and artistic one. At Cranbrook, individual effort creates a shared community that values risk-taking, curiosity and experimentation directed to influence contemporary culture around the world.

In this newsletter, you’ll find details about studio life, including travel, visiting critics and artists, lectures, and the work of our Ceramics alumni and Artist-in-Residence.

If your interests extend beyond Ceramics, our self-directed environment encourages you to explore different disciplines as you work within your chosen department. To get a true sense of everything the Academy has to offer, take a look at our website or give us a call.

To get started on your application to Cranbrook Academy of Art, click here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Leslie Tobakos
Registrar, Financial Aid & Admissions Manager

Vanessa Lucero Mazei
Student Services Manager, Admissions Coordinator + Assistant Registrar

Cranbrook Academy of Art

*U.S. News & World Report Guide to Graduate Schools, 2016
Visiting Artists, Critics and Curators
Patrick Parrish
Department dinner with
Jennie Jieun Lee
At the Academy, students set their own course of study. Our studio-based program means we don’t have a standard curriculum or classes. Instead, we provide students with a framework of departmental activities developed in partnership with the Artist-in-Residence to allow for individual exploration and growth.

The workshops and visiting artist program supported by each department allow students to hear from a variety of voices in the world of art, design, and craft and often establish connections that extend well beyond the two years of graduate study.

Last spring, the department hosted artist Ruby Neri, who talked with our students about fusing painting and sculpture in her work.

The department also welcomed gallerist Patrick Parrish, who, in addition to running a successful gallery, is also the eye behind the blog MONDOBLOGO.

This fall, the department welcomed California-based artist Jennie Jieun Lee, who critiqued student work and talked to students about her practice. This February, we'll be joined by Paul Sacadridiz, Executive Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Follow along with life in the studio on the Ceramics Instagram channel!
Current Student Exhibitions and Projects
Intermixed at David Salkin Creative
The #CeramFam at NCECA in Pittsburgh, 2018
Our unique Midwest partnerships and close proximity to the city of Detroit allow our students to participate in a variety of projects during their course of study.

This year, our second-year students continued a partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

In addition to sharing dialogue and resources, the groups partnered to showcase new work at an exhibition at the David Salkin Creative in Chicago during the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair.

Our students also presented an exhibition of new work at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Pittsburgh.

And our second-year students were featured speakers at the annual Grand Valley State University Ceramics Forum.
Alumni Projects and Exhibitions
Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped at Cranbrook Art Museum. Photo by PD Rearick (Photography '10).
Karyn Olivier poses under her new artwork, "Witness," in Memorial Hall. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo
Annabeth Rosen (Ceramics '81) recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Academy and is currently presenting a solo exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum alongside fellow alumnus McArthur Binion (Painting ' 73).

Former Artist-in-Residence Jun Kaneko (1979-1986) recently received the “Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship” from the American Craft Council.

Karyn Oliver (Ceramics ’01) recently installed new work at the University of Kentucky that features African-American and Native American images, which she hopes will shine new light on many misrepresented Kentuckians from the state’s history. Oliver is currently an associate professor and head of the sculpture program at Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

Recent graduate Hayden Richer (Ceramics '18) is working as a studio assistant at Parsons. Hae Wohn Sohn (Ceramics '18) is teaching at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, and Josephine Larsen (Ceramics '18) is a Resident Artist at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center.
Department Travel
Cranbrook Ceramics in Berlin
In January, the department visited Berlin and Brussels. While there, the group visited locations such as Galerie Pierre Marie Giraud, Xavier Hufkens Gallery and Studio Pieter Stockman.

This year, the group is planning a trip to Mexico City in February.
Artist-In-Residence News
Ian McDonald, by Eric Perry
Earlier this year, Ian McDonald was selected as a speaker for the Think/Craft Biennial Symposium at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He also presented a solo exhibition at Curator's Cube in Tokyo.

In January, McDonald will open the solo exhibition Ian McDonald: In No Particular Order at Cranbrook Art Museum.

Learn more about Ian on his website.
Our Campus Receives National Recognition
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Photo by PD Rearick (Photography 10)
Alumni of Cranbrook Academy of Art have often said that their time here was like spending time in a “design storybook.” Our Eliel Saarinen-designed campus is a National Historic Landmark and continues to receive recognition from around the world, more than 85 years after its founding.

Recent articles in USA TODAY  place our campus as a “must-see” architectural destination in Michigan. And over the summer, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, launched an in-depth look at modernism in Michigan, featuring Cranbrook as the incubator of the movement.

Header images by Ray Im (Ceramics '20).

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