The ceramic studio in the Fine Arts building used in NMC's Arts / Fine Arts program

Concentration: Ceramics

As one of the plastic arts, ceramics is one of the oldest art forms. From functional objects like cups, bowls and vases, to sculpture, ceramics has been used to chronicle human history and to advance technology through industry and applied applications.

Offering Ceramics I (Art 151), Ceramics II (Art 152) and Independent Studies, students will learn technical skills associated with the ceramics art medium. Through exploration and utilization of the pottery wheel and hand-building techniques students will have the opportunity to create functional and sculptural works.


The NMC Ceramics studio has 12 pottery wheels, a slab roller, clay mixer, pug mill, five (5) electric kilns, and one (1) large gas kiln.

Student Work Gallery


Ceramics Instructor – Laura Korch

Originally from Highland, Michigan, Laura is a ceramic artist working in the Grand Traverse area. She received her B.F.A. in ceramics from Eastern Michigan University. Laura was an apprentice to master potter John Glick in 2005, and later moved out of state and taught at various art centers in North Carolina. Laura has been an International Ceramic Artists Network Board Member. She earned her M.F.A. from Arizona State University (2019). Laura has taught at various colleges around the nation: Arizona State University, Guilford Tech College and Rockingham College in North Carolina, Siena Heights University in Michigan, and Aurora College in China. She recently attended residences at CRETA in Rome, Italy, and at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China.

Currently, Laura is working on ceramic installation commissions for areas in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Laura’s interactive sound sculpture, 528 hz, is part of the permanent collection at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Laura Korch's Personal Work: