Sculpture & Ceramics

Abdulrahman Abdulghaffar
PA Cyber
Teacher: Talon Smith

“My pieces demonstrate my ways of thinking. Whether it is the necessity of darkness to contrast the light in things, the beauty of letting life take things its own way without overworking yourself, or the process of recovering from distress and damage, my work shows an honest eye from me to life.”

“Purple Ostrich” – Ceramic


Leyla Allbrahimi
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Talon Smith

“My choice of creative medium for my work consists mostly of ceramic and digitally designed pieces. I create my artwork, not to communicate any idea or concept, but purely for its aesthetic value. Some of my pieces are partially inspired by the modern pop art movement of the 1950s and 1960s, with its vibrant colors and interesting form. I am a firm believer in the idea that anybody is capable of creating art, regardless of the experience or confidence of the artist. Overcoming that mental barrier was a huge step for me as it was the largest obstacle that impeded my artistic growth. Once I gained the confidence and security to try new mediums, the creative process became less about the fear of failure and more about the enjoyment and passion of creating.”

“Crawling Out of the Trunk” – Ceramic
“Fruit, baby!” – Ceramic


Mary Allen
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Robert Graham

“Art has become a way for me to express important walks in my life or just how I am feeling on a day to day basis. I have always felt trapped, believing no one understood me. Oftentimes I was never comfortable telling them, but I knew I needed to let pent-up memories and emotions out. By creating images and ceramics pieces, I am able to find a release without having to tell my life story.”

“Anarchy” – Ceramic
“All Star” – Ceramic
“Strawberry Shake” – Ceramic


Ayanna Ashton
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Shannon Kelley

“Money on My Mind” – Ceramic


Brianna Ballinger
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Shannon Kelley

“Untitled” – Ceramic


Shayla Betz
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“Leafy Vase” – Ceramic


Naquaya Brown
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Sam Rapp

“Art has been with me before I knew what it was or how to describe it. It came natural to me to express myself through drawing by watching my mom decorate cakes. There is no such thing as bad art.”

“Malarky” – Ceramic


Elise Chu
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Wendy Kramer

“Octopus” – Ceramic


Mara Cohen
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“Art is impactful in so many ways. It can show sadness, joy, anger, or fear. I like to present my art in an energetic, joyful, and colorful way that reflects my personality. Ever since I was a little girl I have been a bubbly ball of energy and I loved to run wild and free. This is reflected in my bold art with its high energies and striking patterns. I am inspired by artists and fashions that are unique and can come together to make something iconic. When I create art I am pulling from all sources of inspiration and aesthetics, from the Elizabethan Era to the shine and pearls of the 1920’s. Finding beauty in my world and combining it into a work of energy and excitement is what makes my art so representative of me. I am art and art is in me.”

“White Seeded Pomegranate” – Ceramic 


Taia Coleman
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Shannon Kelley

“Picture Perfect, Outside” – Ceramic


Allie Connors
Pittsburgh Perry
Teacher: Samantha Weihrauch

“In my art I like to create images and pictures that interest me. I like doing cartoons and words on my art pieces.”

“Mystical Creature” – Ceramic
“Panda” – Ceramic


Allison Coppella
Brockway Center for Arts and Technology
Teacher: Liana Agnew

“I draw influences for my ceramic work from things that I see while at my camp in Cook Forest. I also draw influence from my other medium of interest, watercolor. I first got interested in ceramics when I started coming to Brockway Center For Arts And Technology. I enjoy doing ceramics because it feels relaxing to me and I can express myself through my work.”

“Three Colorful Pumpkins” – Ceramic
“Whimsical Wall Vase” – Ceramic 


Hannah Didion
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Shannon Kelley

“Creating art makes me feel whole. I love focusing on pattern work and detail. I can get lost in my own work for hours on end if I am left alone.”

Canopic Jar” – Ceramic
“Fly Away” – Other
“My Best Friend and I” – Ceramic


Emily Dowd
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Alberto Almarza

“Recently, I have begun to intentionally stretch my abilities; to move from mere rendering toward abstract creation. I created Lobster Shack because I wanted the challenge of the brushwork in the textures, soft edges, gradations and transitions. In the piece Topography I started working toward an even more abstract style, as I worked to create texture by combining paint and powdered pigment. I created Naomi to tackle contrast in the planes by putting great detail into the background and keeping the foreground simple and spontaneous. This inverts typical approaches, but I think the balance between simplicity and detail is an interesting problem, as is the question of the limits of simplicity. In The Strip District, I pursued the question even further. I wanted this relief print, in its extreme simplicity of color and its hard edges, to convey the multidimensionality of the Strip. My art is forever my challenge.”

“Rustic Doorway” – Ceramic


Angelique Epondulan
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Wendy Kramer

“Vase” – Ceramic


Neena Falcioni
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Shannon Kelley

“I make my artwork because it is a peace of mind. I am inspired by my small world around me. Most of my work is focused on seeing the beauty within tragedy and hardship. I like to focus on the beauty itself.”

“Growth at a Low Point” – Ceramic
“Jomon” – Ceramic


Alyissa Farmer
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“Art is creative freedom. I use art as an outlet to express ideas, emotions, or to entertain. The mediums I favor include digital art, watercolor, ink pens, pencil, animation, and video art, but I am always open to working with different mediums. The style I like to work with the most is semi-realism and cartoonism. Inspiration for some of my work is internet media and music like graphic novels, cartoons, etc. As an artist I look forward to expanding my knowledge and work to make it into my profession.”

“Baby Batch” – Other


Jason Garland
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Talon Smith

“Mythology” – Ceramic


Keiarrah Grace
Pittsburgh Perry
Teacher: Samantha Weihrauch

“As an artist I love to create ceramic pieces that capture the eye and astonish my peers around me. I work hard to develop and perfect my ceramic pieces that speak both to me and other artists around me. This medium has allowed me to express my artistic creativity in so many ways.”

“African Paradise” – Ceramic
“Caution!!!” – Ceramic


Savannah Gray
Brockway Center for Arts and Technology
Teacher: Liana Agnew

“Art has been important to me as a student because I have always had a passion for producing creativity. Working with ceramics makes me feel like I can express myself better than any other type of art. My goal is to go forward into an educational and art career. The after-school program, Brockway Center for Arts and Technology, helped me find my passion step by step. If it wasn’t for them, I would have never found my love for clay!”

“Pale Goldenrod Bottleneck Vase” – Ceramic
“Pale Goldenrod Bowl” – Ceramic
“Pale Goldenrod Mug” – Ceramic
“Pale Goldenrod Vase” – Ceramic


Guillermo Harris
Pittsburgh Obama
Teacher: MCG Youth & Arts

“I want to capture aspects of creativity and life that show the beauty of the world–whether that be in nature or a representation of pure creative thinking.”

“Purple Fireball” – Ceramic
“Weight of Success” – Ceramic


Taylor Hernandez
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“Art has been in my life for as long as I can remember, from having a little art corner at my Dad’s house to a huge mural at my Mom’s house. It has always been there for me. I love to draw, paint and do ceramics. I even create art with wire.”

“Taylor’s” – Ceramic
“Treasure Chest” – Ceramic


Jasmin Hicks
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Wendy Kramer

“I am just a girl who loves making things.”

“Costume” – Ceramic
“Hate/Love” – Ceramic
“Rotten” – Ceramic


Tyra Hopper
Pittsburgh Perry
Teacher: Samantha Weihrauch

“I like art because it expresses the theme I am thinking at the time. It also allows me to be more open about what I am thinking instead of writing it on paper. The ideas come to my head as soon as I touch a pencil or clay and it gives me the ability to think more outside the box. Art is everywhere a person goes in life, even the things people eat and etc. Color is more of an open expression that shows the beauty of things and would tell a story behind it in black and white.”

“Metamorphosis Pumpkin” – Ceramic


Quinton Isaac
Brockway Center for Arts and Technology
Teacher: Melissa Lovingood

“I enjoy exploring many different mediums of art, including traditional pencil and paper, ceramics, metals, painting, and more. My main motivator for creating is to relieve stress, but I also enjoy making objects that are functional (jewelry and dishes mainly) and can be gifted to others.”

“Gengar Pokemon Figurine” – Ceramic
“Ladybug Jewelry Tray” – Ceramic


Alyssa Jacoby
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Wendy Kramer

“Vase” – Ceramic


Emily Jenkins
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Meghan Mager

“Through art I am able to express my feelings and personality. I think art plays an important role in my life, helping me through many hard situations. Art is the root to so much good in my life, and the pieces I chose to submit give a look into my life.”

“The Butterfly that Gives Life” – Other


Tae’Lone Johnson
Pittsburgh Perry
Teacher: Samantha Weihrauch

“In my art, I love to capture the beauty in mundane objects and places. Different projects help me express myself through the different meanings and ideas.”

“Headless Frankenstein” – Ceramic
“The Girl” – Ceramic


Anastasia Jungle-Wagner
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“All of my pieces being submitted are, in some sense or another, a self portrait. Whether this is visibly obvious or reflected in the underlying themes of the piece, it is a unifying element included in all of them. As I move through high school I feel a lot of my artistic focus has moved towards the awareness of my reality— or lack thereof. Therefore as my illustrative style moved more towards portraying the derealization I’ve felt it set the stage for an exploration into this feeling throughout various media. This portfolio is a tour through those feelings: the idea of split realities, various senses of self, nostalgia, and the idea that something is amiss.”

“Anemoia Twins” – Ceramic
“Industrialist Beauty” – Metal


Rachael Kalsek
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Robert Graham

“Girl Put Your Records On” – Ceramic


Emily Kane
Pittsburgh Obama
Teachers: Talon Smith & Bryce Hemington

“I have been creating at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild for five semesters now and I have no complaints. The ceramic teachers, Talon and Bryce, and so many others have helped me hone my artistic talents with their expertise. My work has gotten much better since I have started here and I am very pleased with what I have created. I mainly work in ceramics and focus on functional pieces that have an air of decorativeness about them.”

“Dots and Feathering” – Ceramic
“Pedro Martinez” – Ceramic


Dakota Kunkel
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Shannon Kelley

“Internalizing” – Ceramic


Katie Lane
Pittsburgh Perry
Teacher: Samantha Weihrauch

“I am interested in art, mostly drawing. I grew up watching my mom draw and she inspired me to do just the same. I know a lot of people say drawing may be a way to leave a space that is bad, but when I draw I feel like I am writing my thoughts in art form to express myself through a picture and not words. I want to grow and develop art skills, if possible. I am a very intuitive person and I like to express that through art. I chose these pieces to show more of my pencil technique and how I work on paper for definition and intuition.”

“Keep calm” – Ceramic


Samantha Langhoff
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“Art is a creative medium that thrives from imagination and creativity. My dream of becoming an animator and making a story that others can enjoy inspires me to keep improving my art. The thought of others getting invested with my story, or even enjoying my art, is just enough to keep me going. I don’t have special materials or tools, but that does not stop me from creating art. I usually just use fine liners, watercolors, ink or markers in my work, but I am always open to try new mediums. Cross-hatching and working with line thickness are my favorite things to do in my art. I find it adds character to the art. Art, in general, is an escape for me. I can create a whole different world and get lost with the characters and their lives. I hope I will eventually make art my profession.”

“Everyone is the Same” – Ceramic


Rowan Levick
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Shannon Pultz

“A lot of my work this past year has been efforts towards a portfolio for college. Since my main passion in art is working in glass because of how you really get to interact with the material, I applied as a glass major. These four pieces, while not all in glass, were really me embracing the junction of design and execution in three dimensional art, especially glass. While all of these pieces had a design and a design process, it was working with the material itself and the process it took to produce the work that not only influenced the ending design, but also determined the fluidity in the shape and therefore so much of the mood given by it.”

“Glass System” – Mixed Media
“Untitled Pt. 1” – Ceramic
“Untitled Pt. 2” – Other


Leona Lipowcan
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Robert Graham

“As an artist, the freeing of expressions and ideas through the art form is what makes the experience all the more enticing. Having the opportunities to create pieces that not only myself, but others, can enjoy is what keeps me motivated to make highly reflective works throughout the years.”

“Byrd” – Ceramic
“Fox” – Ceramic
“Nigiri Container” – Ceramic
“Self-Portrait, Bust” – Ceramic
“Self-Portrait, Figure Sculpture” – Ceramic


Takeyla Mickens
Pittsburgh Perry
Teacher: Samantha Weihrauch

“I like to take different assignments or projects and apply my own style to them. My ideas capture my imagination and the creativity I try to portray through my work.”

“Keep Your Mouth Shut” – Ceramic
“Monster Planter” – Ceramic
“Pearlescent Globe” – Ceramic


Haleem Musa
Pittsburgh Perry
Teacher: Samantha Weihrauch

“Vase” – Ceramic


Keira Norkevicus
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Shannon Kelley

“I love creating to express myself. Most of my art reflects the feelings of my heart and life. It is a time in space where I get to center myself and gain true value in my day.”

“Growth in My Heart” – Ceramic
“Mandela Mug” – Ceramic


Egide Ntakirutimana
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Shannon Kelley

“The Masterpiece” – Ceramic


Savannah Parker
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Talon Smith

“Maleficent” – Ceramic


Jacob Philips
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Wendy Kramer

“Sculpture” – Ceramic


 

Quinn Baleigh
East Allegheny
Heather Hallick

“Winter Wonders” – Ceramic


James Rabuzzi
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Wendy Kramer

“I have been throwing on the wheel since my Freshman year thanks to Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. I mostly throw bowls.”

“Blue-white Mug” – Ceramic
“Ceramic Lamp” – Ceramic


Hannah Russell
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Bryce Remington and Claira Heitzenrater

“Sea Scape” – Ceramic
“Abandon” – Mixed Media


Kimaria Samuel 
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Talon Smith

“Colorful Box” – Ceramic


LaMicah Short
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Abi Beddall

“The Book of Darkness” – Mixed Media


Sincere Slade
CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Denise Suska Green

“Dancers” – Ceramic


Jade Snead
Pittsburgh Brashear
Teacher: Shannon Kelley

“Art is the way I stay calm and relaxed. I like to challenge myself in different mediums and ways of thinking through the arts. I know that if I continue to push myself, with the help of my teachers, I can achieve great things in all aspects of my life. Art has helped me fill in the gaps and I will continue to create to straighten my foundation.”

“Heart Mend” – Mixed Media


Joshua Switzer
East Allegheny
Teacher: Heather Hallick

“What originated my interest in art was a crossover from the music arts. In high school I chose the musical electives and had not touched base with fine arts since I was young. I wanted to see where it took me, so I grabbed paper and pencil and so it began. The emotion I feel when drawing is one of the best. I hope to follow a career in the arts and create new characters for a company one day, inspired by anime. I have plenty of room for improvement and am beginning to try the graphic arts and ceramics.”

“Two Minds, One Heart” – Ceramic


Lucia Taylor
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Bryce Hemington

“Oriole on a Branch” – Ceramic


Jenna Terleski
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Talon Smith and Robert Graham

“Ceramic is my go to medium because the process is intuitive and comes naturally (obviously) every step of the way. Throwing my vessels on the wheel, trimming, making some personal touches and ending with the glazing process–all of it just flows through me like butter.”

“Adulthood” – Ceramic
“Alligator Skin” – Ceramic
“Dinner for One” – Ceramic
“Spork and Bowl” – Ceramic
“The Egg” – Ceramic


Selena Thomas
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Bryce Hemington

“A” – Ceramic


Megan Tiffany
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Denise Suska Green

“As an artist, I have a fascination with the natural world, both for its beauty and its strangeness. I love parasites as much as I love the megafauna in which they reside. Much of my artwork is dedicated to the bizarre and unseen aspects of nature.”

“Natural World Table Setting” – Ceramic


Yutaka Tomokiyo
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12
Teacher: Denise Suska Green

“Twisted Vase” – Ceramic


Ethny Vander Kelen
Brockway Center for Arts and Technology
Teacher: Liana Agnew

“Pumpkin” – Ceramic
“The Twisted House” – Ceramic


Kelsey Waite
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Robert Graham

“Shades of Grey” – Ceramic


Grace Walsh
Pittsburgh Allderdice
Teacher: Wendy Kramer

“Box” – Ceramic


Da’Lasia Weaver
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Teacher: Bryce Hemington

“Panda” – Ceramic


Mya Ziegler
Pittsburgh Carrick
Teacher: Robert Graham

“My art has helped me a lot throughout the years. It has helped calm my anxiety and helped me center myself to become more focused. It is a healthy outlet that allows me to express what I feel and the message I want to put out. It is wonderful. Being able to create is the best thing that could have ever happened to me. I am thankful for the ability to create and show people my passion.”

“Cracked Stone” – Ceramic
“Pagoda (incense back-flow burner)” – Ceramic 

 

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