By: Gwen Pearson
Ceramics is an ancient art form that has been taught and enjoyed for centuries. I began a ceramics class this year, but had to switch out due to classes I needed for credits. However, for the short time I was in the class, I observed certain aspects of it and received mixed feedback on the art. It is different from a sketching and painting as it is very hands on and demands some physical strength. I suppose it is a form of sculpture, though I would say it differs from that as it has a strict set of rules to follow where sculpture can be more abstract.
I asked three senior girls and two students who graduated in 2016 their thoughts on ceramics. Bella Saborio, Dayna Kaufman, and Maeve Meiser, all members of the class of 2018, rave about their love for ceramics. “Best class in the school,” Saborio says with Meiser adding, “I love it. While you’re focused on your work, it’s also a time to decompress and to access your creative side.” Meiser says she enjoys ceramics because it’s different than other forms of art. “I never really liked drawing or painting but I feel like ceramics is a totally different thing. It’s more hands on.” Kaufman chimed in, “I absolutely love ceramics. I’m really proud of my work from ceramics and Mrs. Munzert, ‘Munz,’ makes the class really engaging and fun. She can really relate to us.” This was a common thread among all the students I interviewed- their love for Munz.
In addition, I interviewed Sean Wiggins and Jack Pearson, two members of the class of 2016, on their thoughts on ceramics. “I didn’t really like it,” Wiggins said. “Mrs. Munzert was great but I felt like it was too structured and not very creative.” Pearson agrees. He adds, “Art is about not having rules, breaking boundaries, coloring outside the lines. Ceramics is way too structured as there are several steps you must take before you can even begin to think creatively.”
I found it very interesting to hear the difference in opinions on the class. I suppose it depends on one’s perception of what art is, and how it should be defined– or if it should be defined at all.