Ohio State Impact

Mark Bell

Mark Bell
Mark Bell

Year: Graduating spring 2013
Major: Ceramic Arts
Hometown: Voorhees, New Jersey

“Ohio State has one of the first ceramics programs in the country. I found the decision to be a Buckeye an easy one,” Mark Bell said. “The rich history in ceramics arts allows for many resources not available at other universities, such as excellent professors and facilities. Ohio State was definitely the place at which I wanted to pursue a bachelor of fine arts degree.”

Bell received the Arthur E. Baggs Memorial Scholarship Award, the Gilmore Art Scholarship Award, and the Aida Cannarsa Snow Scholarship Award. The Baggs and Gilmore scholarship awards allowed Bell—along with three other Ohio State ceramic majors—to travel to Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Providence, People’s Republic of China, to study at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute for a quarter. “The experience enlightened and inspired me on every realm of ceramic art,” he said. “Studying in Jingdezhen improved my skills and knowledge of materials and techniques and provided opportunities to show my artwork across China.”

What Ohio State means to me
“Being a part of this great tradition of ceramic arts at Ohio State is unparalleled. The history is monumental,” Bell said. “I found the experiences of being in the Arthur E. Baggs Memorial Library, holding Bagg’s ceramic pottery, touching the tools of Adelaide Robineau, and looking at the works of past graduates like Beth Cavener Stichter to be amazing.”

Costs of a ceramic arts education
According to Bell, costs of being a BFA major often seem limitless. Beyond books, students must pay for studio fees and various supplies to complete their projects. These may often reach hundreds or even thousands of dollars a semester. “For me, my personal supply list includes tools, metal, safety equipment, glass, wood, paint, paper, and raw materials,” he said.