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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.

Work by Student Artist Jennifer Kinney
Work by Student Artist Jennifer Kinney

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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2016 or later BFA in Art



The Ceramics studio features a large common workspace with four worktables and eighteen potters wheels. There are specialized spaces for clay making, glazing, plaster, and a large kiln area complete with six electric Skutt kilns, three gas kilns and one raku kiln. Inside the Ceramics Studio



Tsehai Johnson

Tsehai Johnson
Associate Professor - Studio Art Program Coordinator and Ceramics


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Spring 2020 Office Hours: 

Mondays 11am - 12:30pm & 3:30 - 5pm

Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:30pm

Office hours are scheduled by appointment. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300 to make an appointment with a faculty or general arts advisor.

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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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