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Jane Shellenbarger

Associate Professor
School for American Crafts
College of Art and Design

585-475-7785
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Jane Shellenbarger

Associate Professor
School for American Crafts
College of Art and Design

Education

BFA, Kansas City Art Institute; MFA, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

585-475-7785

Currently Teaching

CCER-698
1 - 6 Credits
The Ceramics Internship will provide students with the option to work in the ceramics field. Students may apply for internships to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Internship Permission Form to enroll.
CCER-799
1 - 6 Credits
Ceramics Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser will propose a course of study. Ceramics Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. **NOTE: Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA **
CCER-887
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide Ceramic students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
CCER-399
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide ceramic students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
CCER-302
6 Credits
The purpose of this course will investigate the properties of the sculptural ceramic vessel to develop the student's personal aesthetic and visual thinking. Assigned projects will evoke the student's imagination and ceramic vocabulary through the relationship between concept, design, form, surface embellishment, and choice of firing methods and glazes. A systematic investigation of ceramic clays, raw materials, glaze materials, glaze composition, and glaze calculation will be presented in lecture and assignments. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-212
3 Credits
This course will introduce students to intermediate forming techniques used in the ideation and creation of both utilitarian and sculptural vessels. There will be a focus on form, surface development, and aesthetics. The student will gain experience with firing methodologies. The students will also work with material science to better understand clay and glaze chemistry. The historical, cultural, and technical concerns of ceramics will be explored. These experiences will broaden the students' perspectives of ceramic art and its relationship to the larger world of art. Students will be expected to research areas of interest within ceramic history or the field at large. This course will introduce students to the skills that are necessary for creating a variety of forms through assigned projects. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-502
6 Credits
This is the second of a two-semester course in which seniors will produce a project and must be able to offer evidence of qualification as a candidate for the baccalaureate degree to be approved by the faculty. The proposed body of work should develop self-expression and a personal direction in clay. The work should express the goals and ideas as well as the materials and processes that are stated in the proposal. Emphasis is on expression and technical foundation needed to establish the role of the body of work. The goal is to produce a coherent body of work of high standard which must be exhibited at a venue at the end of the school year. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-501
6 Credits
The first semester of the senior year is a continuation of the work begun in the junior year. The student’s proposal is to be defined and the work refined with discussion through faculty and group critique. The criteria relating to the evolving concept will be developed with studio involvement. Discussions relating to career choices, graduate and post graduate opportunities, job hunting, portfolio, resume writing, operating a studio, merchandising and business practices will coincide with studio work. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-301
6 Credits
In this course students will be introduced to industrial forming methods of ceramics. Students will develop drawings/proposals and a strategy for production. The students will then produce molds for slip casting as a means to produce multiples of a consistent quality. Students will develop their own slip castings clay bodies, slips and glazes for cone 6-oxidations/reduction firings. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-601
6 Credits
Ceramics Graduate Studio is the advanced aesthetics and techniques of ceramics and culminating in the Master’s of Fine Arts Thesis. The course is structured on the basis of the individual student’s needs, interests and background preparation as they may be determined through faculty counseling. There will be a strengthening of ceramics techniques, design fundamentals and encouragement of personal expression. The student will be encouraged to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. This sequence leads to the master’s thesis, proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. Lab fee is required.
CCER-499
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide Ceramic students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
CCER-498
1 - 6 Credits
The Ceramics Internship will provide students with the option to work in the ceramics field. Students may apply for internships to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Internship Permission Form to enroll. Registration with co-op and placement office also required.
CCER-699
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide Ceramic students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
CCER-599
1 - 6 Credits
Ceramics Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser will propose a course of study. Ceramics students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Form to enroll.
CCER-890
9 Credits
Ceramics Thesis Resolution is final course covering the advanced aesthetics and techniques of ceramics. Working from an approved topic of investigation for the Master's Thesis, students work independently and create a body of work supported by a written Thesis paper. In consultation with a selected graduate Thesis Committee, students plan, research, and develop a body of creative work for exhibition and review. This program is structured on the basis of the individual student's needs, interests and background preparation determined through research and faculty consultation. There will be a strengthening of ceramic techniques, design fundamentals and encouragement of personal expression. Student will be encouraged to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-202
6 Credits
This course will introduce students to hand building and mold making techniques as a foundation to create sculptural ceramic vessels. Emphasis will be placed on designing, preparation, and execution of compositional elements in three-dimensional forms. Students will be encouraged to explore different methods and techniques to compete. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-530
3 Credits
This is a class specifically designed for non-majors covering the fundamental techniques and aesthetics of working with clay. Topics covered include the forming techniques, clay mixing, basic properties of clay, glazing and firing techniques and fundamental understanding of historical and contemporary practices and applications. The course includes prescribed projects based on the number of studio hours. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CCER-211
3 Credits
This course will introduce the student to beginning wheel forming techniques used in the ideation and creation of utilitarian vessels. There will be a focus on form, function and surface development. Students will engage in a variety finishing processes for surface development as well as slip and glaze application. Students will gain an understanding of a variety of firing techniques, as well as an introduction to material science to better understand the properties clay and glaze composition. The historical, cultural, and technical concerns of ceramics will be explored. These experiences will broaden the students' perspectives of ceramic art and its relationship to the larger world of art. Students will be expected to research areas of interest within ceramic history **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
STAR-790
3 Credits
This is the first of two courses designed to advance a student towards completion of their thesis. Students will work independently on their approved proposal while meeting on a regular basis with their committee chair. Students are required to meet at least twice with their full committee during the semester.
CCER-630
3 Credits
This is a class specifically designed for non-majors covering the fundamental techniques and aesthetics of working with clay. Topics covered include the forming techniques, clay mixing, basic properties of clay, glazing and firing techniques and fundamental understanding of historical and contemporary practices and applications. The course includes prescribed projects. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
STAR-890
6 Credits
For this final thesis course students continue working with their committee to evaluate work produced, and select the work to be exhibited. In addition, students will work with gallery coordinators and curators to install and exhibit their final body of work. Students are expected to defend their work to the committee through an oral defense and a written document.
CCER-124
3 Credits
This open elective course will introduce students to the glass studio and to glass as a creative material. The content of the course will focus on introductory tools, techniques, and experimentation. The students will learn basic skills and safety procedures for the Hot Shop, Flame Shop, Kiln Shop, and the Cold Shop. **Fee: There is a materials fee required for this course and an additional course fee applied via SFS bill. See course notes for course fee information. **
STAR-892
0 Credits
The Studio Arts Continuation of Thesis course provides student additional semester(s) to complete their thesis research, project, and thesis document.

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Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Shellenbarger, Jane. The Persistence of the Mingei: Influence Through Four Generations of Ceramic Artists. 23 Mar. 2019. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. St. Croix Pottery Tour, Hosted by Linda Christianson. 10,11,12 Dec. 2019. St Croix Pottery Tour, Lindstrom, MN. Performance.
Shellenbarger, Jane. Past Presenter Exhibition. Jul. 2016. Exhibits associated with UCVII: Celebrate the Object Conference and Symposium, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. Two, A Group Exhibition. Jan. 2016. Gallery San Bao, San Bao Ceramic Art Village Museum, Jingdezhen, China. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. Clay Currents. 12 Sep. 2019. Ulrich Museum Of Art, Wichita, KS. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. Yunomi 2019. 7 Jun. 2019. Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. Structurally Sound. 10,11,12 Dec. 2019. Schaller Gallery, Benton Harbor, MI. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. S. Croix Pottery Tour 2018. 9,10,11 Dec. 2018. St. Croix Pottery Tour, Lindstrom, MN. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. Drawing with Form, Solo Exhibition. 28 Mar. 2017. Boger Gallery, College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. "Eclectic Earth", Invitational Ceramics Exhibition. Nov. 2016. Schick Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. The American Pottery Festival. Sep. 2016. Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. Flower City Pottery Invitational. Oct. 2017. Genesee Center for the Arts, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. NCECA 2016 50th Annual Conference Makers, Mentors and Milestones, Expo Exhibition. Mar. 2016. NCECA, Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, MO. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. Solo Exhibition of \"New Work\". Jan. 2015. The Kiln Studio Gallery, Mobile, AL. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. Decalomania, Clay and the Splendid Surface. Dec. 2015. The Ruth Reese Gallery, Saint Louis, MO. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. Contemporary Ceramics 2015, Dairy Barn Invitational. 18 Sep. 2015. Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, OH. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. NCECA 2015 Providence, RI: Pouring Vessels. Mar. 2015. Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. "Teapot VII". Jan. 2015. Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. "The Crucible Project". Oct. 2014. Alexandre Hogue Gallery, The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. "Within and Without". Mar. 2014. Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. World Craft Competition * Kanazawa 2013* The Time Space Interval of Tea, Invited Artist. Apr. 2013. Period 1: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, JAPAN , Period 2: Kanazawa Nakamura Memorial Museum, Period 3: Meitetsumza Department store 8 th floor, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. Dimension: A Two Person Ceramic Exhibition. 9 Nov. 2012. Davison Gallery, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester. Installation.
Shellenbarger, Jane. The Chocolate Pot, Invitational, A Body of Work Exploring the Theme. Dec. 2012. Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. The Cup: 50 Artists 250 Interpretations, Invitational. 2012. Wright Gallery, College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. Paper Plate, Plastic Plate, White Plate, Artist Plate: Invitational, A collection of artist-made dinner plates and related insights about food. 2012. Penland School of Crafts Gallery, Penland, NC. Exhibit.
Shellenbarger, Jane. Image and Form, Invitational, Five Prominent Ceramic Artists Explore Imagery on Form With The Various Ways They Individually Use The Decal. 2012. Akar Gallery, Iowa City, IA. Exhibit.
Museum Collection Acquisition
Shellenbarger, Jane. "Square Box", Porcelain square covered container. Ceramics. Weisman Art Museum. (2019).
Shellenbarger, Jane. "Tray",Soda-fired stoneware tray. Ceramics. Ohi Museum, Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan. (2013).
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Shellenbarger, Jane. "Drawing with Form." Visiting Artist Lecture. College of the Ozarks. Point Lookout, MO. 11 Apr. 2017. Lecture.