2012 ASAP Award winner Rafil Hughes' artwork from the Morean Arts Center for Clay

Rafil Hughes didn’t have to travel far this summer to have an out-of-this-world art experience. The 8th-grader won a Gold Key Award from the Pinellas County Art Region and earned an Alliance Summer Arts Program (ASAP) Award that allowed him to learn about and create ceramics at the finest and largest pottery in the Southeastern United States: St. Petersburg’s own Morean Arts Center for Clay.

“It’s a great experience,” Rafil tells us, “learning a wide variety of skills: how to work with clay in many forms, mastering hand building, pottery, and painting techniques.” Read More

Sean Pettiford, "Celedon." Age 17, Grade 12. 2010 Art Portfolio Gold Medal, Ceramics & Glass.

This delicate category is one of the most exciting and challenging of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. One of our 2010 Portfolio Gold Medalists even submitted a portfolio made entirely of ceramics. Read More

Abigail Carney won an American Visions Award for her glazed earthenware Sculpture entry, Turtle. In this guest blog post she shares one of the secrets behind her work: vivid dreams and Clive Barker.

I have always enjoyed creating things. As a child I would spend hours making crafts on my bedroom floor. I mostly create because I enjoy the challenge of making the vision in my head available to other people to see. I also sometimes feel as though the art has a life of its own, and it wants to be revealed and shared.

Abigail Carney at the 2010 Throw-A-Thon, an annual 12-hour ceramics marathon hosted by her ceramics teacher. All works produced at the event are sold and proceeds are donated to charity.

I actually got the inspiration for Turtle, my American Visions Award-winning piece, in a dream. I was at an aquarium and he was in a tank, munching on some underwater grass. Read More