The Ceramics + Sculpture Curriculum at Louisiana Tech University has been developed to enable students to create a proficient technical, visual, and conceptual background. Students work side–by-side generating a strong sense of community and are encouraged to push the boundaries of various mediums. Ceramics offers a distinct curriculum to best prepare students for a future in the ceramic arts. A flexible studio has been established to encourage all aspects of ceramics including Wheel Throwing, Hand building and Slip Casting. Sculpture introduces a range of professional studio practices including traditional and non-traditional formats. All work is conceptual driven within the context of contemporary issues.
The School of Design operates and maintains a range of analog and digital fabrication tools. The Art and Architecture Workshop (AAW), a 16,000 sq. ft. facility, located on the University’s South Campus, houses our Wood, Metal, Printmaking , Ceramics, and Digital Fabrication studios.
Digital Fabrication Studio:
48×96 Techno LC4896 3 Axis CNC router
48×48 Techno Davinci 3 Axis CNC router
48×96 Multicam-1000 2 ½ axis CNC Plasma table
(2) 60W Epilogue laser cutters – 24”x36” and 12”x18”
(7) MakerBot PLA and ABS 3D printers,
24”x24” Shapeoko II Desktop CNC Mill.
(2) MIG wire welders
100amp arc welder
(2) TIG welders
(4) handheld plasma torches
(2) Oxy-Acetylene Welding rigs with cutting and heating torches
Metal chop saw
(2) Metal band saws
(2) Drill presses
36” and 60” steel breaks
36” and 48” steel shears
Variety of pneumatic and electric grinders, drills and attachments
Clamps, work tables, safety equipment, etc.
(17) Pottery Wheels
Casting Slip Mixing Tank
Blue Bird Pug mill
42 sq. ft. Gas Kiln
50 sq. ft. Gas Soda Kiln
(4) Electric Kilns
(1) Electric Test Kiln
Fully stocked Materials Room
Saw stop table saw
48×96 BeloVac Vacuum Former.
Rotary arm saw
Belt, drum and disc sanders
12” and 14” compound miter saws
(4) band saws
(2) Drill presses
Industrial wood Lathe
Variety of pneumatic and electric hand tools and bits
Assistant Professor of Art
Ceramics and Sculpture
Kyle Triplett’s ceramic and digital media based installations and site projects explore elements of constructing place through layered, mediated, and remediated information that relates to the natural and the artificial experience of landscape, the picturesque, and the sublime. Triplett earned his BFA from Southeast Missouri State University in 2008, completed Post-Baccalaureate Studies at Louisiana State University in 2009, and received his MFA in Ceramics from Ohio University in 2013. Triplett’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally including exhibitions as part of the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. Beginning in February, 2016, Triplett’s work will be on display at the Belger Art Center in Kansas City, Missouri and the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, Kentucky.
For more information on Kyle Triplett’s work, please visit kyletriplett.com
Associate Professor of Art
Sculpture and Foundation art
Joey Slaughter earned his BFA from Memphis College of Art. He received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Upon graduating Cranbrook, Slaughter was awarded the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and was nominated for the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant. In 2012 he received the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Career Enhancement Grant. He is currently living in Ruston, LA, and is Associate Professor of Art at Louisiana Tech University.
His highlighted exhibitions include: Louisiana Biennial at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans; Cue Gallery in Chelsea, NYC; Dirty South in Miami; Flotsam Sanctus at Capsule Gallery in Chelsea, NYC; ADA Gallery in Richmond, VA, SECCA’s Homegrown in Winston-Salem, NC; a sight specific installation titled Sympathetic Distraction Reaction at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, LA. His work has been published twice in New American Paintings. He recently was commissioned to make seven sculptures for the University Medical Center in New Orleans.
For more information on Slaughter’s work please visit joeyslaughter.com