This exhibition represents Lesley University’s student ceramic work, chosen by curator Andew Mroczek, from both the College of Art and Design and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
At Lesley Art and Design, clay is valued as a highly versatile artist material. Our philosophy is to honor the traditional uses of clay — pottery and sculpture — as well as to support emerging new uses and technology, some of which are interdisciplinary or involve mixed media. Students are encouraged to stretch the limits of their material formally, functionally, and expressively.
The exhibition includes student work from the following ceramics courses taught in the past year by adjunct faculty, Ellen Schön.
Form Development in Clay, an advanced course focusing the development of interpretive series of related work, based on a source of the student’s choosing.
Special Topics in Clay, an advanced course with a different topic each semester. In fall 2018, the focus was on the issue of large-scale in ceramics.
Core Clay, an intensive introductory study of ceramic form and process. Through structured exercises and individual exploration, students build a repertoire of core technical skills, using both wheel-throwing and hand-building methods.
The work reveals a variety of students’ expressive interests in clay: Functional pottery vessels, large-scale metaphorical vessels, sculpture, objects with implied narratives, abstract pattern/color/texture, ancestors/culture, gender, and personal identity.