Ceramics is defined as “pots and other articles made from clay hardened by heat,” but to students enrolled in this class it means so much more. This class gives students the opportunity to express themselves through their pieces and encourages them to use their imagination when completing each project.
The glass display cases in the art hallway showcase a variety of students’ work in ceramics as well as other art classes. Currently, the display holds clay houses made by students in the first semester intro to ceramics class. Each student cast a unique spin on this project, shaping the houses differently and giving the houses unique themes. “I had a lot of fun with this project and made sure it reflects my personality,” sophomore Antonia Roach said.
Additionally, the showcase exhibits trays made by students first semester. This project required the students to stamp and paint slabs of clay. Given the freedom to make their trays look however they wanted them to, students got creative. “The tray project was a good one to do at the beginning of the year because it wasn’t too hard,” senior Mike Pissara said.
Another first semester project completed by the students was combining an animal and a pot into one sculpture. Each student sculpted an animal of their choice and the students then molded these animals to pots they made. Along with choosing what animal to sculpt, students had the freedom to paint their pots any color they wanted. “This was the hardest project we’ve done so far, and the owl I made was really complicated to make out of clay,” sophomore Katie Barnett said.
Currently, the students are completing a project that ceramics teacher Malinda Pierce calls “the secret door.” Students are using recycled boxes and paper mache to make a mixed-media door that leads to anything they can think of. The students are being challenged to use their imaginations and create a scene that expresses something about themselves or to fabricate something beautiful hidden behind the door. This project reflects, “transitions from one place to another place. It could be somebody thinking about a transition to college or an emotional transition,” Pierce said.
Not every student’s work is displayed in the showcase, but Pierce adds new pieces to the display after new projects are completed. The ceramics showcase is a way to get new students interested in the class, as well as to show pieces made by students currently enrolled in the class. “I love when one of my projects is put in the showcase because it makes me proud of my work,” sophomore Peter Pietri said.