FIELDING - KCAI Ceramics Department Virtual Spring Exhibition 2020
In March of this year, the COVID-19 virus smashed a bad-hop grounder and the Ceramics department students fielded it cleanly. Welcome to Fielding, the 2020 spring exhibition.
Unable to enter the Ceramics building, students found innovative ways to supplement their ceramics practice with other materials such as textiles, papier-mache, and foam core, to name a few. On exhibit in this virtual exhibition are works made with these materials, as well as works-in-progress and completed pieces of ceramics, paintings, drawings, collages, and digital renderings.
Presentation and Exhibition: Senior Ceramics
Senior Ceramics majors establish a direction for a series of thesis works, exploring visual and conceptual issues evolved from their research into art and artists, materials and processes, and individual sources of interest. Sustaining an idea within the context of risk-taking and experimentation is the challenge in this self-directed course of study. Seniors pursue studio activities in dialogue with faculty advisors and through discussions with their fellow classmates and visiting critics, arriving at the end of the semester with a group of works to present in the ceramics department senior exhibition and the BFA show.
Moving off campus unexpectedly in mid-March, seniors confronted unexpected problems to solve, with the challenge of translating their thesis ideas into the available spaces and materials at hand – not always clay. Presented in the following galleries are images that are the evidence of their adept and creative approach to these challenges.
Personalized Practice and Production: Junior Ceramics II
In the second semester of the junior year, students develop a personalized approach to their practice by investigating new materials, methods, and concepts related to personal interests. They pursue a more individualized direction with their work while learning to develop their ideas and refine techniques in relation to the vessel or sculpture.
This gallery contains images of work made during the second half of the semester. Due to the challenge of working remotely, without facilities, some students continued to pursue their ideas in different media, through different processes while others continued working in clay from home. The images in these galleries contain works in progress and ideas and sketches for future works.