Mud-ling About With Ceramics

Monday, February 14, 2022 - By: Grace D, Alex ‘22

There are 30 art classes offered at Brentwood this year; regardless of which mitigations are in place, all of them are still available to our talented artists. One of the most highly-demanded art courses, 3D Pottery, runs during all four blocks of the afternoon, from 2pm until 6pm.

Since September, we have been taught by three teachers, with Mr Joe Lyons being the current instructor of our boisterous group of potters. After just a month at Brentwood, Mr Lyons says “The opportunity to teach ceramics at Brentwood has summoned my personal grit and inspired my work with clay. I look forward to seeing where we can evolve as a community in the classroom with this incredible medium.”

In the studio you can find some novice potters, those with a bit of experience, and students who are very experienced and act as strong leaders. The pottery leadership team consists of Chloe E, Allard ‘22, Anna D, Allard ‘22, Rosie K, Alex ‘22, Grace D, Alex ‘22 and Liam F, Privett ‘22.

Rosie has been a key character in 3D Pottery this year and she says  “Pottery has helped me practice my leadership skills and has become another way for me to express myself. I find it fascinating how ‘happy accidents’ such as the unintentional mixing of glazes, can result in a beautifully colored piece.”

We started off the course with some studio safety and knowledge, resource assignments to learn more about the history of pottery, and then we started getting busy on the wheel. Mugs, pinch pots, teapots, bowls, plates, vases, and animal figures are some examples of what students have made thus far.

One of our talented potters, Trekker J, Ellis ‘22, says “I love how the studio is a creative space where there aren’t too many boundaries on what you can do with the clay; it allows me to explore different forms.”

Clear thoughts in a muddy world.

Grace D, Alex ‘22

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