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Ceramics: Finding Science in Art

July 8, 2011

This spring, thanks to a grant from the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Program, Warren Easton High School approached the Ogden about developing a way to combine science and art education. Our solution? Ceramics. Over the course of four after school visits to the Ogden, Warren Easton students worked with local ceramic artist Rashida Ferdinand, discussing the science of ceramics, from the chemical changes that clay and glazes go through as they are fired to the chemical makeup of different ceramic materials. After taking advantage of “Mark Hewitt: Big-Hearted Pots,” an exhibition of ceramic art then on view at the Ogden, students had the chance to put their artistic inspiration and new-found scientific knowledge together, creating their own works of ceramic art.

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