Pottery projects impact more than just grade

Ciera Pieters, News Editor

Students in Pottery 7-8 dedicate their time and most recent projects to honor people who have impacted their lives.

The senior pottery student’s latest projects are being made like Judy Chicago, an American feminist artist and writer, did when she wove table cloths and made individual table sets for 39 women she felt needed to be honored for their works in her piece The Dinner Party, that is permanently being displayed in the Brooklyn Museum, in Brooklyn, New York.

The pottery class is having an honorary dinner on November 20th at North High, for the people that students have dedicated their most recent projects to.

Within a day of getting approval from administration to hold the dinner, the pottery students then searched for a sponsor to pay for the dinner. The Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) quickly stepped in and offered to fund the dinner.

“I made a purple plate with a dove in the middle with the word faith on the wing of the dove for my grandmother who is flying from Florida to attend the dinner,” Leah Klos said.

Skipping out on the weaving of table cloths, each student is to make one plate, one cup, and one bowl that caters specifically towards one person the student wanted to honor.

The students made their pieces any shape as long as it made up a functional bowl, plate, and cup.

When thinking about how the dinner sets could be tested on functionality, they came up with an idea of holding a gratitude dinner for the people the students are honoring with their sets.

“It was hard to pick a person because there were so many people to choose from, but I ended up choosing my mom,” Kanoo Lor said. After picking their person the students had work on their sets.

“I found it hard to come up with ideas for my dinner set, made for my host mom,” Kaite Droenen, a foreign exchange student from Norway, said.

The students are getting graded on if the dinner sets can function properly as plates, bowls, and cups. The ideas and look are completely up to the students and what they think matches with the person they are making the set for.

The dinner sets, when finished, will be photographed to show what they looked like, and given to those who they were made to honor.