Kilns in the ceramics room of the new Visual Arts Building.


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"It is the mission of Ceramics at Iowa to be inclusive to all people, ways of making, material and firing choices, and disciplinary strategies. Our facilities enable any conceivable manifestation of ideas rooted in clay, and we actively seek a diverse community of makers excited to engage with each other in this interpretive environment. Our identity is one of diversity, contemporary critical discourse, and rigorous conceptual investigation.”

Ceramics Studio Features

- Seven microprocessor/computer controlled Geil reduction kilns; two large car kilns (82 and 54 cu.ft.), three 30 cu. ft., one 20 cu.ft. and one 12  cu.ft.. All Gas kilns can be remote operated from smart phones or computers with VPN connection.
- Nine computerized electric kilns ranging in size from large oval to test kiln size of various brands (Skutt, L&L, ConeArt).
- Two new wood fired kilns (one large Anagama, one 50 cu.ft. Catenary Chamber Kiln) and one new 40 cu.ft. soda kiln with computerized burners and piezo electric start system (all atmospheric kilns are located immediately outside ceramic studio on covered concrete kiln pad with living roof, and were built by Donovan Palmquist of Master Kiln Builders).
- Two Bailey De-Airing pugmills
- Two Soldner Mixers
- Complete ventilated glaze mixing and application area with three high quality digital scales and several triple beam balances
- Spray booth
- Bailey pneumatic extruder, manual extruders
- Hammer mill, Ball mill
- Three (3) 3D delta based ceramic paste extrusion printers
- Makerbot Replicator 3D Printer
- 3D scanner
- Carbide 3D 4x4' CNC Router
- 24” Vinyl Plotter
- DCT digital ceramic decal printer
- Slab rollers
- Potter’s wheels
- Mold making and plaster equipment in large dedicated space
- Slip blungers
- State of the art OSHA compliant ventilation systems

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