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Photo Essay: Ceramics students experiment with shape, color in showcase

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  • Lauren Ho (’26) paints an amphora in the ceramics room. Ho joined the Introductory Ceramics class this year, and she recently worked on an assignment that required her to make an amphora depicting a childhood memory. “On my amphora, I drew two dandelions,” Ho said. “When I was younger, I would go in my backyard and pick dandelions with my mother.”

    Photo credit: Melinda Wang
  • A glazed teapot and teacup that Intermediate Ceramics student Quinn Evans-Agard (’26) made sit on a white surface in the ceramics room. Evans-Agard said she wanted her teapot to be in a classic shape. “Glaze-wise, I’ve been experimenting with glazes for the past year to see the different combinations and how they drip and make different colors,” Evans-Agard said. “I used three different glazes and got an awesome gradient and colors. I’m so happy [with] how it turned out.”

    Photo credit: Melinda Wang
  • Depicting a patterned wolf holding a hand in its mouth, an unglazed amphora sits on a table in the ceramics room. Introductory Ceramics student Echo Meadows (’25) said she was inspired by the phrase, “Bite the hand that feeds you,” and chose to portray animalistic imagery on her amphora. “On the back [of the amphora] is a hand that’s bitten,” Meadows said. “The hand and the wolf have the same pattern, representing generational hurt and trauma and how [people] don’t put up with it.”

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  • A glazed teapot is covered with small flowers and vines. Intermediate Ceramics student Yasmine Haddad (’26) said she wanted her teapot’s design to be minimalistic. “You can see the natural color of the clay with some underglazed flowers on it,” Haddad said. “I wanted to have an earthy vibe. You can also tell the handle’s huge, and I feel like that adds to the sort of cutesy vibe. It’s not fancy or professional — it’s just cute.”

    Photo credit: Melinda Wang
  • Etched with white cherry blossoms, a glazed amphora that Introductory Ceramics student Allegra Carney (’26) made sits on a table. Carney said she depicted cherry blossoms on her amphora because she associates them with a childhood memory. “When I was younger, I used to take piano lessons,” Carney said. “The first song I learned was in Japanese, and it was awesome — something that I’ve always been connected to.

    Photo credit: Melinda Wang
  • A glazed teapot sits on a surface in the ceramics room. Intermediate Ceramics student Hannah Harrison (’26) said she sketched 15 different designs for her teapot before she was satisfied with one. “I liked [the teapot’s] color combo; I was hoping to get a crackling effect with the glaze,” Harrison said. “Then I was like, ‘It’s kind of boring,’ so I put on some wax to make little flowers on the lid and on the handle.”

    Photo credit: Melinda Wang
  • Patterned with gingko leaf print and gold accents, a glazed vase that Intermediate Ceramics student Eden Sinclair (’25) created sits on a white surface. Sinclair said she experimented with the shape of her vase and was excited to see the outcome. “I wanted some waves on there and a triangular shape too, hence a triangular top to my vase,” Sinclair said. “I wasn’t expecting it to look the way it did, but I’m pleased with the outcome.”

    Photo credit: Melinda Wang
  • A glazed plate is decorated with colorful dots and arches. Intermediate Ceramics student Laney Maximo (’25) said she didn’t have a clear artistic vision for her plate, and she enjoyed that aspect of uncertainty. “You don’t necessarily have to express yourself a certain way because people will think of [interpretations],” Maximo said. “It doesn’t matter what you make when people interpret it differently.”

    Photo credit: Melinda Wang
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Vases decorated with ceramic flowers. Platters colored with unique gradients. Cups and mugs painted with vibrant patterns. Ceramics is a visual arts course offered in both middle and upper school, where classes are divided into introduction, intermediate, advanced and advanced study. A recent showcase exhibited ceramics that introductory and intermediate students made in December 2023. Year-round, students in ceramics classes work on a multitude of projects. Currently, beginner students are learning to make plates, while intermediate students are making three different pots.

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Melinda Wang, Senior Reporter
Melinda Wang joined The Oracle as a staff reporter in 2022 and is now a senior reporter. She takes art classes and is invested in community service outside of Archer. When she isn't doing homework, you can find her reading, sketching or taking photos.

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