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The University of Montana prides itself on its Ceramics program, offering beginning through graduate instruction in all areas of ceramics studies from traditional construction and firing to contemporary ceramic forms and conceptual works. Individual expression and experimentation are stressed throughout the curriculum. Traditionally known for its vitality in the ceramic arts, Montana continues to be home to a thriving clay arts community. Our extensive visiting artist program, complemented by nearby ceramic arts organizations such as the Archie Bray Foundation, keeps students in touch with major figures and recent technical advances in the field.


  • 5675 sq. ft open work space, tables and storage
  • 22 electric and kick wheels
  • indoor kiln room with 10 electric kilns and two Geil gas updraft reduction kilns
  • slab roller, extruder
  • Clay mixing room including Soldner mixer, white and red clay pug mills, 400 lb capacity dough mixer
  • slip casting area
  • 5198 sq. ft. outdoor sculpture and ceramics yard with two soda/salt kilns, raku kiln and car kiln
  • large Anagama kiln and work space forty-five minutes north of Missoula in UM’s Lubrecht Experimental Forest
  • 575 sq ft. “Off Center Gallery” adjacent to ceramic studio for student use
  • 540 sq ft. "Fishbowl" exhibition space
  • BFA Undergraduate studio spaces
  • 4-6 Graduate Student studio spaces

Faculty & Staff

Beth Lo, Professor- Post Retirement
Trey Hill, Associate Professor
Julia Galloway, Professor

Ceramics Blog


UM Emerging Ceramic Artists


Random Acts of Clay


Visiting Artists

Our thriving visiting artist program in ceramics brings four to seven guests per year. Since 2002, some of our visiting artists have included: Gail Nichols, Adrian Arleo, Josh DeWeese, Kathy Butterly, Dennis Parks, Paul Soldner, Karen Swyler, Beth Cavener Stichter, Anne Hirondelle, Ayumi Horie, Jeanne Quinn, Richard Notkin, Rudy Autio, Doug Baldwin, Robert Harrison, Al Tenant, Kevin Snipes, Jack Troy, Judy Fox, Mardis Nenno, Jeremy Hatch, Sadashi Inuzuka, Sarah Jaeger, Doug Jeck, Rudy Autio, Steve Lee, Eddie Dominguez and more.


  • Ceramics I
  • Ceramics II
    • Advanced Throwing
    • Advanced Handbuilding
    • Slip Casting
    • The Figure
    • Porcelain
    • Raku
    • Clay and Drawing
    • Anagama
    • General Topics
  • Clay and Glazes
  • Advanced Research
  • Independent Study
  • Graduate Studio
  • Graduate Thesis
  • Various Experimental Courses