LA junior Ruby Long working on her new potter’s wheel.

It was not long after she learned that classes would be held remotely that Ruby Long, class of ‘21 determined how she wanted to spend her extra time at home. “I bought a pottery wheel online and had it shipped to my house. It took about two weeks to arrive. I plan to study Ceramics and Art Therapy in college, so getting a wheel of my own was really important to me. It’s the one thing I really feel passionate about; I absolutely love it.”

Before the campus closed in mid-March, Ruby spent all of her free time – lunches, study halls, and even after school – in the pottery studio. Now, she’s set up her wheel in her parent’s garage and although school work still takes priority, she can be found working on pieces throughout the day and even in the middle of the night. Ruby has several bins of pieces ready to fire. “I’m asking around to see if there are any potters that would be willing to let me use their kiln in exchange for some work or cash. If not I’ll just have to wait until school starts again next fall and transport my pieces to the studio on campus.”

Ruby says that another challenge to creating art away from campus is accessing clay. Jonathan Mess, faculty member of the Visual Arts department at Lincoln Academy gave her some from his personal studio for “re-wedging, re-working and re-energizing,” but Ruby has since used all of the terracotta. “Ruby is is all in with ceramics,” says Mess. “She has a ton of energy, attitude, drive, focus, work ethic, and opinions. Her work is developing more and more with every piece as she aims to throw big pots and experiments with a multitude of surface designs. She is always willing to try anything and everything. She is open and hungry for material knowledge.

To finance her clay projects, Ruby sells drawings. “If I’m not doing pottery or homework I spend my time drawing portraits for people. I sell my drawings as a way to fund my ceramics.” She can be reached at her instagram account @art_rvl.

It has been inspiring and affirming to see her take this uncertain and frustrating moment in time and run with her own inspiration,” says Mess.

Below: ceramics pieces and drawings by Ruby Long ’20.