Annual Ceramics Installation on View in Great White Hall

East and West walls of the Great White Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts.

East and West walls of the Great White Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts.  Students whose work is shown, from left to right: Caroline Juel, Britney Lietha, Meagan Hargreaves, Dar Eckert, Chris Alveshere, Grace Clark, Eryn Anderson, Jorddan Kleindl, Ellen Fee, Bertha Vasquez, Olivia Bain, Spencer Johannes.

The annual display of ceramic installation works by students in Intermediate Handbuilding is now on view in the Great White Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts.  This year, thirteen SVA students participate.

I get a lot of positive feed back from people who work in the Center for Arts about this project. This project makes the building come alive and feel like a creative space. It makes a nice entrance to the gallery, and serves as an exciting backdrop for all the gallery openings. –Professor Kelli Sinner

The concept for each student’s project was to create an installation of multiple ceramic pieces that successfully addressed issues of scale and presence.  The process was intensive.  Although the actual installation only took a few hours, students worked on their projects for two months before final installation.  After creating a design, each student made clay positives.  The clay positives were then used to create molds from which multiples were produced.  Students also mixed and tested glazes, experimented with other surface treatments, and explored mixed-media possibilities.  In addition, they had to create hanging devices as well as paper templates to prepare for the day of installation.

Working on an intensive project prepares students for their future as professionals in the art world.  Professional artists must be able to solve complex problems on a deadline.  School of Visual Arts major, Britney Lietha, whose piece, Tufts, is included in the display observed, “It was a trial and error process.  Time management is the key.”

Kelli Sinner, instructor for Intermediate Handbuilding, comments that the “students know that this is a high traffic area, and a lot of people are going to see these pieces, and so they put extra effort into the project so they can be proud of what they installed.”

Installation in progress.

Installation in progress.

The display will be on view until March.  The Great White Hall is entered from the main doors on the North Side of the Roland Dille Center for the Arts.

Olivia Bain installing her piece, "Moose Landing."

Olivia Bain installing her piece, “Moose Landing.”

"Octopus," by Emme Ness.

“Octopus,” by Emme Ness.

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