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 – Zach Tate

Originally from the Ozarks in southern Missouri, Zach Tate is a ceramic artist living and working in Traverse City. He received his B.F.A. in ceramics from Missouri State University and his M.F.A. from Texas Tech University (2013). In 2018 Zach was elected as the Director At large for NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) and is a member of Art Axis. Zach’s work has been exhibited internationally, nationally, and regionally since 2007. Along with exhibiting his work, Zach has been a visiting artist at several universities and art centers around the world and works as an author for several ceramic publications.

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Zach Tate Personal Work -