A first semester senior who will be graduating in May with a BFA in Sculpture and a minor in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Wiker's work is equally rooted in research and data and abstracted shapes and forms referencing natural elements and colors. She is attracted to mixed media work which is evident in her ceramic sculpture.
Pursuing a BFA in Ceramics and in her fourth year at Penn State, Tranauskas primarily creates ceramic sculptures that are deeply rooted in mythology and reference historic painting and sculpture.
A senior pursuing a BS in Art Education and currently teaching Saturday Art School at Penn State, Sirken has been exploring new techniques with clay, such as mold making that will be useful in her future classrooms.
A second-year BFA student at the Pennsylvania State University, Pack has always felt a close connection to clay and design. Her work focuses on using different geometric components to make compelling forms, often heavily decorated with expressive brush strokes or imagery. She melds inspiration from both the natural and industrial world with her drive to arouse emotion in her viewers.
A current BFA student at Penn State University working toward receiving her degree in December 2016, Owen's practice centers around making the personal relatable. Although her current work is often seen as humorous, it has an underlying amount of emotion. Alex has a solo show opening in the Paterson Gallery, November 28th through December 3rd.
Mahon is a senior majoring in Art Education with a double major in Studio Arts and a minor in Art History. She is currently working on functional vessels using both handbuilding and wheel throwing.
CHEE EARN KHOR
A current BFA student in Ceramics at Penn State University, Khor's work revolves around her curiosity for the human nature and condition. She is interested in the contrasts between the geometric and the organic, in relation to the human condition, while striving to find an underlying interconnection between the two.
Soomin Lee who goes by Peter, is a BA major with an emphasis in ceramics. In his ceramics work he enjoys throwing on the wheel. Striding for beauty, style, and aesthetics in his work, Peter is inspired by and is trying to create works that are similar to native Korean traditional pottery.
A fourth year student pursuing a BFA in Sculpture, the primary conceptual fodder for her work is derived from exploring custom utility, fashion design, and drag as a performative metaphor for the lives of queer people.
Capaldi enjoys drawing, toddler's toys, and dancing. She squiggles through life with a smile and a cup of coffee. Pulling from childhood experiences, Capaldi’s work facilitates memory exploration and emotional repositioning.
2nd Year Graduate Student
Hajesmaeili's primary focus is cultural identity and politics. Her works formed based on the identity issue as she is experiencing living in a liminal space between Iranian and American culture.
Swain received a BFA in Studio Art from Appalachian State University in 2016. He is drawn to process and its repetitive nature, and the ways it mirrors processes of the farm he was raised on. Memory and Place are constant focuses of his work, manifesting as descriptive surface and color.
Childs-Walker received a BA in Physics from Carleton College in 2013 but has chased his passion for the handmade ever since; he and his work are drawn to subtle disturbances in our assumed logic of the world.
1st Year Graduate Student
Since completing his undergraduate degree in 2014 with a focus on ceramics Brad has been regularly exhibiting his work in national and international exhibitions as well as hosting workshops and presentations across the U.S. In 2015 he partnered with Alexandra Jelleberg to co-found, coordinate and direct “GrowlerFest 2015 East and West.” As a founding director of GrowlerFest it is his aim to emphasize the link between the craft brewery movement and the vitality of handmade pottery.
PENELOPE VAN GRINSVEN
2nd Year Graduate Student
Through performance, touch, and interaction, Van Grinsven crafts participatory pieces that share common ground with cultural rituals and are imbued with communal expression and symbolism.
Images of clay objects, in use, taken by the public
PHOTOS FROM BORROWERS
MAIN LOCATION: 210 PATTERSON
THE 2016 EXHIBITION
Available for Check Out November 13-26, 2016
HANDMADE OBJECT OUTREACH
In November 2016 the Advanced Ceramics Class of Penn State University worked together to open the first ceramic lending library on campus. With a main location at the School of Visual Arts office building and a satellite location at the all-campus Pattee/Paterno library, the ceramic lending library made over 90 clay objects available to the public. More than 100 borrowers took out an object for 48 hours with the agreement to take a photo of it in use. Object lent and object used with photographic proof.