I am in Morgantown, West Virginia visiting my friend and former Sheridan student Andrew Kellner who is doing his MFA in Ceramics here. I am doing a workshop tomorrow so today I threw some pieces to assemble and Andrew gave me a tour of the production studio, the kiln site and the sculpture bin.
The facilities here are amazing. For a keener
like Andrew this place has all the toys and all the bells and whistles.
Hydraulic press, jigger and jolley, every wheel imaginable, 3D printers,
deckal printers (pronounced deeeeeeeeeecal printers here), wood kilns,
salt/soda kilns, car kilns, electric kilns, train kiln. The whole shebang.
facility is the domain of Robert Boomer Moore USU alum and it is neat
as a pin. You could eat off the floors and every thing is in it's place.
Boomer is faculty and currently in charge of production . Shoji Satake
is Head of Ceramics and has done a great job of putting this school on
Much of the goings on in dept are financed by the
production facility. They have a great line of production ware that is
made and sold to finance school activities like having me here. Andrew
has responsibilities at the production studio as well as teaching and a
full load of academic and studio courses. He is working from 7:30am till
near midnight each day. The former kid has found his candy store.