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Spring ceramics begins new projects

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Cevin Dively
Shining bright. Senior Alivia Crawford’s vase sits on display in the classroom.

The ceramics elective, taught by Eric Hoover, has begun new projects for the spring semester. Students can be seen working on coil pots, hand molding pinch pots and throwing clay on the pottery wheel. 

Students started the semester with pinch pots, working into creating coil pots. They are handmade pots made from cylinders of clay stacked on top of one another. 

“As far as limitations go, they can be tolerated at six inches, at least as round as a grapefruit and creativity is encouraged. They take on an idea they find on the internet and do their own twist on it,” Hoover said. 

Senior Alivia Crawford has been doing pottery for two and a half years. She has made over 200 pieces in her almost three years of experience. She is currently working on a vase she made on the pottery wheel in her third period class. 

“I love art. I hope to accomplish throwing bigger on the wheel, which means to use more pounds of clay. You should really take this class,” Crawford said. 

The ceramics class has an artist in residency, Bob Zebrowsky, coming to the school to help upcoming classes. 

“He’ll come in and work with people on the potter’s wheel and a larger project whenever he’s here,” Hoover said. 

Students are encouraged to take this elective to expand their knowledge and creativity within an art class and learn from experienced artists. 

“A project made of clay can be easily manipulated and changed. Seeing your previous mistakes allows you to work in a way that’s not like another class because of the fact that you’re encouraged to be creative and think outside the box instead of following a problem or a formula,” Hoover said. 

Creativity is highly encouraged in the ceramics classes. 

“I’m proud of what I accomplished, and I love art,” Crawford said. 

 

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Cevin Dively, Reporter
My name is Cevin Dively. I took yearbook class in eighth grade, and found it interesting, so I decided to continue on with it in the high school. I took Intro to pub, and learned a lot more, then got placed in newswriting for my sophomore year. Aside from newswriting, I'm a Lioneer and dance competitively for a new, local studio. I can't wait to begin another amazing year.  

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