Sam Richards, 2020
AP Art, Ms. Sylvia
Ceramics, Mr. Mess
Ceramics was a tool of resurrection for me. Senior year is a time of comeuppance, but also a time for stress. Classwork, job, friends, swim, music, everything immediately seemed precarious and impossible at the start of the year–not to mention looming college deadlines and processes. But this year in ceramics, I found an outlet to centre myself, and I found time to understand the balancing act I had put myself in. Throwing for me was deeply meditative, and in my work, in both two-dimensions and three, my goal was always to immerse myself with process, and improve on my skill. Each project presented to me a new and different way of learning, of studying with my hands, and the devotion of my mind to a lumpy ball of wet clay provided me with space, creative clarity, and distraction from outside turmoil.
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