The ceramic studio has 4 electric kilns, 18 electric wheels, a slab roller, clay extruder, and an outdoor kiln yard with 2 raku kilns and a gas kiln used for saggar and primitive firing techniques.
Four courses are offered in the area of ceramics: Beginning and Advanced Hand-built ceramic sculpture and Beginning and Advanced Wheel Throwing.
Each year a guest clay artist is brought to campus for a demonstration/lecture/workshop.
The ceramic department is host to the Clay Bodies by Student Bodies Ceramic Exhibition held at Gustavus's Hillstrom Museum of Art once every 4 years. It is a juried ceramic exhibition of undergraduate and graduate work in clay from colleges and universities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
Professor Lois Peterson, in charge of the ceramic studio, received her MFA from Texas Tech University and is a nationally exhibited ceramic artist. She has been a recipient of both McKnight and Bush Grants in the arts and teaching and has been a Professor at Gustavus since 1989.