Ceramics Summer Institute

JULY 19-30, 2021

The Ceramics Summer Institute at Marymount University provides instruction to high school students, grades 9-12, to improve individual craftsmanship, increase knowledge of the ceramic process, and expand awareness of contemporary ceramic practice to prepare for a professional artist career. This two-week workshop is designed for students with experience in ceramics, and will provide instruction in hand building techniques, wheel throwing, and strengthening conceptual ideas that exemplify individual artist expression. Studio instruction will be supplemented with lectures about contemporary ceramic artists, firing methods, and materials used in the production of ceramics.

The Marymount ceramics program has an array of modern facilities including potter’s wheels, mold making and slip casting equipment, 3D printing capabilities, and a variety of firing possibilities. This range of  facilities allows faculty to cater the educational experience to the interests of each student, encouraging the development of individual artistic expression.

Daily Workshop Break Down
  • 8:00 am – 9:30 am:  Open Studio & Arrival
  • 9:30 am – 11:30 pm: Morning Session
  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Break
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm:  Afternoon Session
  • 1:30 pm – 2 pm:  Clean Up
  • 2:00 pm:  Depart
WEEK 1                         
    Monday- Friday


  • Complete 2 slab construction vessels
  • Introduce wheel throwing techniques
  • Introduce contemporary artists
  • Introduce design principles and their application to vessel forms
WEEK 2  
    Monday- Friday


  • Complete and finish all vessel work
  •  Critically assess all finished vessel work
  • Bisque and glaze fire all work by Friday
  •  Introduce materials used in claybody and glaze development
  • Introduce firing techniques and strategies
  • Introduce college level programs and continuing education strategies for professional ceramic artists
   COST: $500 (includes all materials)
Optional Box Lunch: $11 per day


Ceramics Summer Institute

Faculty: Joe Hicks

Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Marymount University  in Arlington, VA. There, he developed  and continues to grow the ceramics and 3D design program in the Department of Fine Arts,  including the establishment of a ceramics minor in 2016. The ceramics program at Marymount focuses on developing skills in traditional production and sculptural techniques, exploring new  methods associated with product design and industrial manufacturing techniques, and building community relationships. Joe retains a serious commitment to producing high quality ceramic vessels and functional pottery, and has exclusively focused on experimenting  with shino glazes for more than a decade. He participates in exhibitions and craft shows on regional and national levels, leads workshops focusing on his research of carbon trap shino glazes and firing  techniques, and enjoys building constructive relationships throughout the artist community.

Check out Joe’s personal website: https://www.joehicksceramics.com/