Shaped Clay 08
A National Juried Exhibition of High School Ceramics
Ceramic artworks from Pioneer High School that were selected to be
part of Shaped Clay 08 at the Everson Museum of Art.
Every other year the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York hosts a
national juried high school ceramics exhibit in attempt to find and showcase
talented high school ceramics students, teachers, and programs nationwide.
The competition is juried from slides and has a six week run at the museum
in the spring. This year the jury consisted of two faculty members from the
Ceramics Department at Syracuse University's School of Art, Senior Curator
Debora Ryan from the Everson Museum of Art and four student
representatives from the Ceramics Program at Syracuse University.
For Shaped Clay 08, the committee received 450 entries from 265 applicants
representing 31 states, plus Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. The space at
the museum is only capable of exhibiting 50 pieces, making it very competitive.
This year's exhibit proved to be another outstanding year for Pioneer Ceramic
Students. Alumnist Grant Claypool (07) had all 3 of his entries accepted.
Seniors Michelle Sallander and Aubrey Eckert each had 2 pieces selected and
senior Jessica Becker had one piece accepted into the exhibit. With 8 of the
50 selected pieces coming from Pioneer, it makes Pioneer High School
the most represented school in the exhibit!
For Shaped Clay 06, Pioneer was again the most represented high school
with 5 pieces accepted into the show. Shaped Clay 04, we were the second
most represented school and won 5 of the 8 awards. Shaped Clay 04 was
also featured in Ceramics Monthly, an international published magazine high-
lighting established and emerging contemporary ceramic artists throughout
the world. The article contained some images from the exhibit that year
as well, including Pioneer's David Smith (04) and Kodi Tidd (05).