Artist Sam Shear BFA 2013, image of figures in a bottle

3-D Practices

Bachelor of Arts in Art, concentration in Three Dimensional Practices
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art, concentration in Three Dimensional Practices


Clay. Wood. Steel. Plaster. Papier-mâché. Paint. Glass. Wool. Glaze. Balloons. Found objects. Electronics. Performance. And ?

Start with the fundamental process of creating mass and volume through addition and reduction. Explore the essential power of contact points between different forms and materials. Incorporate traditional techniques, dynamic new materials, and contemporary perspectives.

Make art in our spacious studios. They include wood and metal fabrication shops, a large ceramic area, and open workspace for creative experiments. Join a community of student and faculty artists that will encourage and challenge you into new territory. Build a professional portfolio.


Ceramics Conferences


Each year, fine arts students and faculty attend the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) and CCACA (California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art) conferences. It’s a great opportunity for students to discover new approaches and make connections.


Summer Art Workshops

SNC offers week long workshops with nationally known artists through the summer, which students can take for credit or personal enrichment. Sculptors David Middleton and Ryan Carrington, ceramicists Richard Shaw, Michael Lucero, and Tom Coleman, and multi-dimensional Glenn Grishkoff are some of the inspiring artists who have taught in our summer workshop series.

Meet Ian Wieczorek

Bachelor of Fine Arts student Ian Wieczorek with cartoon self-portrait
Major: Fine Arts – CeramicsClass of 2016

I graduated in December 2016. A friend and I bought land and a building, and renovated it into ceramic studio, painting studio, glass shop, and a show room. We plan to sell pottery and paintings, and host a farmers' market on the property, and be full time artists. . . . Read More


Facilities & Equipment

Sculpture Equipment:

  • Carpentry power and hand tools
  • Gas welding equipment
  • Safety equipment
  • 2 Makerbot replicator 3-D printers
  • Full Spectrum 36×24 Professional Series Laser Cutter
  • Sewing machines

Shared Amenities

  • 24 hour studio access
  • Ample workspace and project storage
  • Dedicated critique & projection space
  • BFA studios
  • Art library

Ceramics Equipment:

  • 25 electric pottery wheels
  • 7 electric kilns
  • 30 cubic foot Geil gas kiln
  • 9 cubic foot Brodnax Raku kiln
  • 24 cubic foot soda kiln
  • Extruder
  • Slab Roller
  • Fully stocked glaze room
  • Soldner Clay Mixer
  • Peter Pugger Pugmill

Ask A Question

See the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS > page for specific major course requirements.

Sheri Leigh O'Connor
Chair, Department of Fine Arts
sleigh@sierranevada.edu
775-881-7588

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