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University of Oklahoma Ceramics

Faculty and Students



Stuart Asprey

Associate Professor of Ceramics 

Stuart Asprey was born in England and raised in California. He enjoys cooking

on his Oklahoma Joe BBQ, watching OU football, hanging out with his family,

bug collecting at an amateur level, and making art. He is currently an Associate

Professor of Ceramics at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Since joining

the faculty in 2012, he has been recognized with 19 grants and awards for his

teaching and creative activity.


Jamie Bates Slone 

Assistant Professor of Ceramics


Jamie Bates Slone is a sculptor living and working in Norman, Oklahoma where she is Assistant Professor of Ceramics at the University of Oklahoma. Jamie received her MFA from the University of Kansas and her BFA from the University of Central Missouri. Her work addresses the fragility of the human spirit in relation to her personal history with physical and mental illness.


Doug Casebeer

Artist in Residence Ceramics

 Doug Casebeer joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma as Artist in Residence in Ceramics after 35 years as Artist Director of Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. He received his MFA from Alfred University and his BFA from Wichita State University. Doug has received a multitude of awards and honors for his creative work and service including

an Honorary Membership from the National Council on the Education for the Ceramic Arts, the Outstanding Service Award from Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado, and the Walter Gropius Master Craftsman Award from the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, West Virginia. He has taught over 200 workshops nationally and internationally, from Chile, Nepal, Italy, Mexico, Jamaica, Taiwan, Brazil and across the states and has work included in exhibitions, permanent collections and commissions around the world.

Doug's work looks at issues that honor the spirit of human existence. Within his artwork, he searches for meaning in the relationships between the ideas of storage, shelter, and nourishment. 

Current Grads


Simphiwe Mbunyuza

Current Grad -3rd Year


Simphiwe Mbunyuza started art at a very young age in Caley Junior Secondary School in 2001 and he has received various awards during that time for participating on District, Region, Provincial and National love life games in South Africa. He was born in 1989/03/21 in Butterworth Hospital. He grew up in a near by village called Emambendeni. After high school he enrolled for a Diploma in Fine Art at Walter Sisulu University in 2010. He furthered his studies and

did B-tech degree in Fine Art at the same institution from 2013 till 2014. During his Diploma studies he was awarded each and every year for outstanding achievements in ceramics and drawing. During his third year at Walter Sisulu University he was awarded one of the high award called Dr John Steele award for excellency in ceramics in 2012.

Simphiwe has exhibited in prominent art galleriesin South Africa particularly in Cape Town art Galleries such as, Art in the Yard Gallery, The Cape gallery, Art on Churchgallery, Absolute Art Gallery, Dorpstraat Gallery etc.

He had various exhibitions in the South of France that were presented under an agency called Undiscovered Canvas in 2016 to 2017. His work was also exhibited in one of the galleries in Vallauris, South of France at the Hamilton Art gallery, China.etc.