Ceramics Monthly recently published the winners of its popular Undergraduate Showcase competition. This competition highlights some impressive work by artists who are still in the very beginning stages of their explorations with clay. This year, along with showing the work of these artists, the editors of CM also included a little Q&A with the artists about the construction methods, technical challenges, or the motivations behind the work. Since it is back to school time, I thought I would share the featured artists in the blog today. Click on each of their names to learn more about the artists and their working methods. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.
This showcase of six current and recent undergraduate ceramics students is intended as a celebration of what can be accomplished in a short time. But it is not a forecast of future fame; it is a small (but successful) sampling of ceramics education. It is not unreasonable to expect that some of the undergraduates presented here may not even be making clay work in a few years. Certainly some parts of the work you see here will appear derivative, and some of that is to be expected, but neither of these are reasons not to show their work now. Our hope is that this will provide an opportunity for these young practitioners; an opportunity not only to show off a little bit, but also an opportunity to realize that, though they may get some bragging rights from being in print, this can be both a blessing and a curse. Don’t get overly seduced by it. Now is not the time to sit back. Now is not the time to enjoy this (well, maybe a little, but not for long). Now is the time build on what you have accomplished, to double down, to get back to work and take it to that next level. Oh, and by the way—nicely done!—Sherman Hall, Editor
This article appeared in Ceramics Monthly magazine’s September 2010 issue. To get great content like this delivered right to your door, subscribe today!