Educational Philosophy

The UAA Ceramics program is designed to encourage students to develop a unique and personal approach to making wheel thrown and hand built ceramics. Beginning and intermediate classes are meant to give students a strong foundation in construction techniques, aesthetics, and studio equipment operation. Advanced classes allow students to develop a personal course of study that focuses on innovative techniques and concept development.

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Studio & Facilities

Studio Hours:

The studio is open during non class hours:
Monday - Saturday, 7am –10pm
Sunday, 10am –10pm
Late Night Access from 10pm –2am available by permission.

Hand Building and Wheel Throwing are located in two different buildings at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Both studios are stocked with the following equipment.

Wheel Throwing:

Gordon Hartlieb Hall, Room 108
(907) 786-6920

  • 20 Brent Wheels
  • 3 Skutt Wheels
  • 1 Lockerbie Kick Wheel
  • 1 Shimpo 4227 Oval Electric Kiln
  • 1 Skutt 4227 Oval Electric Kiln
  • 1 Olympic High Fire Electric Test Kiln
  • 1 40 cu. Ft. Car Kiln
  • 1 30 cu. Ft. Geil Kiln
  • 1 Soldner Clay Mixer
  • 2 Venco Pug Mills
  • 1 Spray Booth
  • Fully Stocked Glaze Mixing Room
  • 2 Ban Saws
  • 1 Wet Sander
  • 1 Digital Projector
  • 1 Canon Rebel XTi Camera
  • Photo Taking Facility
  • 1 IMac Desktop Computer
  • 1 Epson Stylus Photo RX 595 Printer

Hand Building:

Fine Arts Building, Room 106
(907) 786-1246

  • 2 Shimpo 4227 Oval Electric Kiln
  • 1 Skutt 1227 Barrel Electric Kilns
  • 1 Skutt 818 Barrel Test Kiln
  • 1 Olympic Test Kiln
  • 1 Raku Kiln
  • 1 30 cu. Ft. Geil Gas Kiln
  • 1 Soldner Mixer
  • 1 Slab Roller
  • 1 Sand Blaster
  • 1 Ban Saw
  • 1 IMac Desktop Computer
  • 1 Hewlitt Packard Laserjet 1300 Printer
  • Fully Stocked Plaster Room
  • Fully Stocked Glaze Room

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For faculty contact information and office location, please visit their faculty page by following the links.

Steve Godfrey

Alanna DeRocchi

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Student Clubs


The Ceramics area has an active student club call the Claybody. The club is responsible for conducting two extremely successful ceramic sales each year. 40 percent of the profits from the sales are used to send students to national ceramic conferences and workshops, bring in visiting artists to conduct workshops and present lectures, and purchase equipment. 

For more information about Claybody, please visit their webpage, or Facebook page.

Visiting Artists Program:

The Clay Body has funded an active visiting artist program. Nationally and internationally known artists and educators are hired to present a lecture and demonstrate techniques thus benefiting both UAA students and the local community. Recent visiting artists include:

  • Brad Schweiger
  • Paul McMullen
  • Martin Tagseth
  • Eddie Domingues
  • Sequoia Miller
  • Doug Jeck
  • Akio Takamori
  • Jeremy "Jr." Kane
  • Arthur Gonzalez
  • Andrew Martin
  • Boomer Moore
  • Sam Chung
  • Julia Galloway
  • Marc Digeros
  • Mikey Walsh
  • Jeff Oestreich
  • Lorna Meaden
  • Steve Roberts
  • Sunkoo Yuh
  • Steve Grimmer
  • Beth Cavener
  • Stichter Christ Staley
  • Peter Beseaker
  • Bruce Cochrane
  • Ayumi Horie
  • Linda Christiansen
  • Curtis Stewardson
  • Jim Brashear
  • Chuck McWeeny
  • Deborah Schwartzkopf

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  • ART A201 Introduction to Hand Building
  • ART A301 Intermediate Hand Building
  • ART A401 Advanced Hand Building

  • ART A202 Introduction to Wheel Throwing
  • ART A302 Intermediate Wheel Throwing
  • ART A402 Advanced Wheel Throwing

  • ART A390 Special Topic in Art:
    • Figurative Ceramic Sculpture
    • Mold making and Slip Casting
    • Glaze Calculation
    • Wood and Soda Firing
  • ART A495 Practicum
  • ART A397/497 Independent Study
  • ART A498 Individual Research

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