The Department of Pottery, Glass, and Metalwork aims at turning its graduatestudents into highly skilled artists of the crafts it teaches and promotes.
The Department of Pottery, Glass, and Metalwork was founded as an independent academic section more than sixty years ago, when its present-day faculties as we know them today got separately individualized from The Academy of Fine Arts. The outstanding personality of Professor Mac Constantinescu left his trademark upon the entire development of this department: that of an exceptionally complex artist, with a Renaissance cast of mind, who managed to open it to a modern, European way of further evolution.This he achieved by an exemplary work of self-commitment and dedication to his professional mission. He was followed by such distinguished colleagues as the professors: Zoe Băicoianu, Dan Parocescu, Dumitru Voicu, Romeo Voinescu, Lucia Ioan, Lucia Neagu, Marcel Brici, Costel Badea, Lazăr Florian Alexie, Nicolae Adam, Dan Popovici. Many generations of artists have remained morally and professionally indebtedto all of the above enumerated great and gifted teachers.Likewise, the present generation of this department’s professors and technicians owe these predecessors all their gratitude for the good foundation of this sucessful department.
The technical and material resources of the Department of Pottery, Glass, and Metalwork consist of workshop rooms for the basic educational activities, and a series of laboratories which are specialized in the three fields of study. Among these there should be mentioned the following: the room for ceramics mass preparation, the room for plaster casting,the room for ceramics transposing, the room for ceramics baking, the laboratory of pottery technology, the workshop for hot glass melting and processing, the workshop for glass engraving, the jeweller’s workshop, the metal processing workshop, the computers room – all of which provide the neccessary basis for the specialized activities involved in these three main fields of study and work: pottery, glass, and metalwork. The department is equipped – among others – with the following: three pottery baking furnaces, one furnace for hot glass shaping, one furnace for hot glass melting, rebaking furnaces, as well as specialized equipment for pottery, glass, and metal processing.
The Pottery, Glass, and Metalwork Department Curriculum is structured according to the three specialized domains, with a view to ensuring the students’ development of the specific skills and knowledge required by a complex artistic education in the fields of pottery, glass, and metalwork. The subjects are configured to correspond to the full graduation cycle: three years’ undergraduate studies and two years’ master studies. By its carefully chosen subjects, this curriculum aims at students’ artistic skills development and identifying theparticular artistic research possibilities which correspond to this vast field of specialization. The research is designed to find solutions for the study of both utilitarian and artistic ambiental forms, thus offering students the choice of a certain direction in their higher education. Our syllabuses are adjusted to the modern society requirements, with a generous approach of contemporary artistic tendencies.
The best proof of this is the fact that our graduate studentscarry on their outstanding activities, taking part in various national and international artistic events and competitions, thus contributing to the tradition of Romanian art as a vivid presence within the larger artistic European context.