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Academics Michael Boylen - Ceramics

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Teaching Philosophy

Michael’s first concern is that his students "understand visual form and the process of ceramics, both as personal experience and in relation to the history of culture and technology."

Michael, who has an M.S. in American history and an M.F.A. in ceramics and glass, has been teaching since 1966.

"Pottery is both very tangible and abstract," Michael says. "It also relates to basic human needs and experiences. Like any serious craft, studying pottery brings you up against yourself and provides opportunities to see and to grow."

Whether a student is aiming toward a career in ceramics, incorporating ceramics into a broader Plan, or taking a single course, Michael approaches his discipline in a consistent way. "The fundamental knowledge of materials, techniques and form is established in small introductory classes. Ongoing development in the visual arts is a personal process; therefore further instruction becomes increasingly specialized and individualized, while still maintaining the benefits of group interaction."

Community Service and Professional Activities

Michael has worked, lectured and given workshops in Canada, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, and Scandinavia. A contributing editor of Studio Potter magazine, he has written for American Craft and Ceramics Monthly magazines as well. He has served as president of the Vermont Council on the Arts.

A.B., Yale University, 1958; M.S. University of Wisconsin, 1963; M.F.A., University of Wisconsin, 1966; Marlboro College, 1980 –

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