The following is designed to provide information learned by those that came before you over the years. This intended to be an evolving online handbook of sorts for new graduate students, and a resource to come back to from time to time when needed. It’s our hope that this proves helpful as you make a life for yourself here, and helps you succeed in making the best work, and having the best experience possible, as a graduate student in Ceramics at The University of Iowa.
It’s worth mentioning that you’ve come to an amazing place. There are people here who can and will help you with any possible question, problem, suspicion, and quagmire you face. We are a family – and care about each other’s success and lives in and outside of the studio. There may be other programs out there with fancier faculty members, and in fancier cities, but you’d be hard pressed to find a program with as much heart, better facilities, and as much character as this one. We are among the premier MFA programs in the country, and are only growing stronger and more established as time passes.
Your role here is part of this evolution. You have been chosen specifically – not by accident, and not by happenstance, because of what your instructors believe you have to offer this place, and what we believe we have to offer you. Not everyone is the correct fit for this program, but we believe you are, and we have been doing this for some time… so odds are we’re on the right track. Take comfort and encouragement in knowing that we believe in your abilities, and your work, and want to do everything to help you make the most of this experience.