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Assistant Professor - Ceramics



Israel “Izzy” Davis is an artist whose work is concerned with dreams, dreaming, wanderlust, relationships, and particulars. It is an investigation of the symbols, people, and objects that affect perceptions, the subconscious, and life experience. A study of metaphor through authenticity and fantasy that is driven by the physicality of materials and the intersection of two and three-dimensional formats. Davis seeks to play between the boundaries of object and image.  
Izzy is a professor and head of ceramics at CMU. He has taught over 50 workshops on his techniques for screen-printing on clay and has been included in over 100 exhibitions. He produces primarily functional and non-functional ceramic works ranging in content from personal narratives, observations, and just plain fun. 


  • Mastering Kilns and Firing Author: Lindsay Oesteritter, images and description, Quarto Publishing 
  • Graphic Clay: Ceramic Surfaces and Printed Image Transfer Techniques. Author: Jason Burnett; Sterling Publishing a division of Barnes and Noble. 
  • 500 Prints on Clay. Author: Paul Wandless; Lark Books  
  • Transfer Images on Clay. Author: Paul Wandless, Lark Books 
  • Wood-fired Ceramics: 100 Contemporary Artists. Author: Amedeo Salamoni; Schiffer Publishing
MFA: 2003, University of Iowa (Ceramics)
BFA: 1998, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Ceramics and Sculpture)
Ceramics, screen-printing, point-and-shoot photography, process, techniques, dreams, dreaming, wanderlust, relationships, and particular creative challenges
  • National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts
  • Michigan Ceramic Arts Association
  • Art Axis

Courses Taught

  • Design Foundations
  • Intro to Ceramics
  • Contemporary Issues in Art
  • Ceramics Studio Advanced Ceramics Studio