Ceramics Gallery in New Hampton Country Store

Country Store turned Ceramics Gallery; Learning the Life of an Artist

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The Country Store was abuzz with a new vibe on Monday evening as students from our Ceramics II class hosted a holiday sale of their recent work. With the smell of fresh baked molasses cookies filling the store, students and faculty darted around the pop-up gallery space, buying up a wide variety of high- and low-fire pieces. Featured items included plates, mugs, wall hanging planters, candle holders, leaf print dishes, and more.

New Hampton Country Store turned Ceramics Gallery
New Hampton’s Country Store was transformed into an Art Gallery on Monday night to showcase the work of Ceramics II students.

Practical Experience

The gallery sale was conceived of by members of the Ceramics II class who worked with Mr. Smith to plan and promote the event. In class, students have been learning recently about the life and process of the practicing artist. As part of their recent project work, students have investigated how artists make a living from their work, how they value and manage their time, how they mass produce their wares, and how they price their pieces.

Ceramics II student gallery
Students priced and displayed their work for sale to gain perspective of what it means to be a practicing artist.

An Artist’s Perspective

Students priced their own works for the show by calculating the value of their time, cost of materials, and the technical skill that went into each piece. By night’s end, the room was filled with little red “sold” stickers and many happy customers!

New Hampton ceramics students display work
Artwork by Ceramics II students showcased a variety of high- and low-fire pieces.

Congratulations Artists

A big shout out to the Ceramics II class for all of their artistic effort and pop-up gallery organization. Class members include: Catrina Caruso, Zola Braswell, Vadim Karchemkin, Nate Lamprey, Maddie Kilfoyle, Darren Lombardozzi, Thomas Prentice, Noah Bolduc, Phoebe Kahn, and Bridget McCallum.

Ceramics II teacher Charlie Smith and his students
Congratulations to Ceramics II teacher, Charlie Smith, and his students for a great show.

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