3rd Place – Ceramics

Title of Art Piece: Dinner For Two
Category: Ceramics – 2022
Student/Artist’s Name: Kaia Lass
School: Sitka High School
Grade: 12th

Artist Statement:

“Art has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Growing up as the daughter of an art teacher gave me many obstacles and benefits. Some obstacles included being so frustrated at the wheel freshman year when I couldn’t center a pound clay to save my life, to restarting a piece numerous times because it didn’t fit my needs. Why I call those obstacles is because my father would always push me to finish and become the best artist I could. Some benefits include being able to work on my skills after hours and getting the real help and tools when I needed it.

My main drive for art has always been my dad. Growing up seeing his beautiful artwork such as paintings, drawings, ceramics, etc. has pushed me to create my own. I’ve also witnessed his criticism of his own work from a young age which pushed me to critique my own work and make it the best it could be. A lot of the work I produce is influenced by the ocean and the colors that catch my eye. I was raised in Southeast and spent a lot of time on the ocean and camped frequently, so that has helped inspire my work.

The pieces of artwork displayed are all wheel thrown and the dinner plates are —11.5“. The glaze technique used for the plates consists of poring two colors onto the piece then using a circular motion to move the glaze around in numerous areas to create the beautiful effect.”
Artwork Dimensions: Dinner Plates 11.5″ W, Salad Plates 9.5″W, Bowls 6.5″W x 2.25″H, Cups 4.5″H x 3.25″w

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