Art & Art History

Patrick Veerkamp

Professor of Art

Areas of expertise
Ceramics and Design

As an artist, Patrick Veerkamp's particular interest is in utilitarian pottery. His recent work involving soda vapor glazing and wood-firing procedures explores the richness of surface effects produced by the dynamic nature of the firing process.

"I like to think that I am part of a long tradition of pot makers that extends back to prehistoric times whose intent was to make useful and aesthetically pleasing pots that are integrated into the everyday life of their owners. I draw freely from the full range of cultural traditions and pottery styles from around the world. Recently, I have been exploring how certain traditional pot forms, such as the tea pot, have been adapted by various cultures and evolve into unique hybrid forms with complex formal vocabularies that make them meaningful in the contemporary context."

This is reflected in the courses Professor Veerkamp teaches wherein objects are analyzed in order to find out what makes them meaningful. Students are then encouraged to explore their own work and to identify what it is that makes it meaningful within the context of their own cultural experience.

MFA, Colorado State University

MA, University of Denver

BA, Adams State College


MFA, Colorado State University, 1981


Professor of Art
Southwestern University
August 01, 1983 - present

Teaching Philosophy

Previous Courses

Ceramics: Handforming, Ceramics: Seminar, Ceramics: Raku, Design 2


Contact Information

Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 863-1370 (office)
Office: STU CER