Ceramics and Photography: Day In The Life

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During Whitney Heffelfinger’s second period Ceramics class, students have the freedom to work on their individual art projects. Students are in different places as some are working on glazing their projects and others are in the beginning processes of clay building. Freshman Kristina Nenova was one student who was glazing their pottery.

“It was kind of a long process,” Nenova said. “I work pretty quickly and this class is really fun so I can make it all work.”

Heffelfinger often walks around the class to assist students on their projects. Most students find that they need help with projects that involve the wheel.

“The reason why I think it’s the most important to learn the process of working on the wheel is because it creates the most amount of appreciation for how difficult it is for artists to produce their work,” Heffelfinger said.

The wheel takes balance, strength and plenty of practice. Freshman Grace Waida has been working on creating her wheel bowl, while asking Heffelfinger for assistance.

“Making a wheel bowl can be tricky but for the most part I enjoy it,” Waida said.

For many students, using the wheel is a first time experience.  Freshman Maci Miceli has her art in the showcase outside Heffelfinger’s room.

“It took me a few tries to make my bowl because I was still learning how to use the wheel, but I kept trying and it eventually turned out to look good,” Miceli said. “I chose fun colors to make the bowl look cool, and I love how it turned out. Ceramics has been a fun experience and I can’t wait to make more projects.”

On the other side of art at the school comes a whole new dynamic: photography. Kristen Johnson teaches all levels of photography. On Thursday, November 2, she set up her Photography On

e classes to wor

k on pinhole photography.

“It’s the simplest type of camera, just to kind of teach them how a camera works, and how a camera captures an image,” Johnson said.

Freshmen Lauren Meyer and Emma Gidley wandered outside for their pinhole pictures.

“We’re taking pictures through pinhole cameras, which is basically a little tiny light proof box that has a pinhole in it, and that’s where the light comes in so you can take pictures,” Gidley said.

The two lined both their

cameras in the position they wanted and decided to line up behind each other. The two held out their arms for the photo.

“I just wanted it to look cool, like there was multiple arms in the photo,” Gidley said.

They posed for the shot and counted seconds between shots to get the timing right.

Photos by Victoria Coffman and Carly Ems