I went to VCU's open studios night last week - lots of good stuff being made. I won't go into detail now because it was mostly work-in-progress but I especially liked what I saw in the studios of Tim Devoe, Sarah Bednarek, J.D. Garn, and Timothy Michael Martin; all of whom will be graduating this year and holding thesis exhbitions in the Spring.
Some of the studios were closed and/or the work was very much in progress so the above mentions are definitely not intended to be read as a "best of" list. Go to the exhibitions in the Spring - I think they have one round the last week in April and a second round the first week in May - and see for yourself!