A Window into Professional Ceramics

Claire Schmucker ’20 crafts a ceramics piece during the workshop.

In May 2018, Claire Schmucker ’20 and ceramics teacher Amedeo Salamoni attended a hands-on workshop with master ceramic sculptor Marc Leuthold.

Held at the studio of world-renowned ceramic sculptor Peter Callas in Belvidere, New Jersey, the workshop was an eight-hour experience in which participants each made six ceramics pieces.

Claire was excited to meet a wide range of artists in the workshop, many of whom have dedicated their lives to the art and craft of ceramics. “The workshop was an opportunity for me to see through a window into the professional ceramics world beyond my high school classroom setting,” said Claire.

A serious ceramics student, Claire’s work was featured in the 2018 Phillips’ Mill Youth Art Exhibition, and she has a strong interest in working with George School’s wood-fired kiln. “Marc Leuthold and Peter Callas typically wood-fire their creations, and this was an opportunity to expose Claire to even more wood-fired ceramics,” said Amedeo.

Claire felt inspired by learning from Marc Leuthold, who has sculptures in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design, among many others.

“Leuthold’s creations are more than a piece of clay—he incorporates literature, activism, and multimedia art throughout his work and exhibitions,” said Claire. “His creativity was not only informative, but it was also an inspiration for how I may be able to make ceramics an interdisciplinary aspect of my future life.”

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