Coral Walden, a 17-year-old senior at Glenwood Springs High School, practices a variety of 2-D art, but this year she decided to give ceramics a try.
She’s in a pottery class at the high school, where she makes mostly functional wares.
Walden spoke to the Post Independent about her favorite part of making pottery, what’s in store for next year and how art fits into her future.
Post Independent: When did you start getting into ceramics?
Coral Walden: This is actually my first year taking an official ceramics course, but I’ve always enjoyed playing and working with clay. I love exploring new mediums, so I took the pottery class at the high school and am really enjoying it.
PI: What kinds of pieces do you make?
CW: I make mostly functional wares, considering a piece’s functionality creates its own set of challenges, but it also creates more opportunities for creativity. Plus there’s just something cool about drinking coffee out of something you made yourself.
PI: Do you prefer wheel throwing or hand building?
CW: I like throwing, but I prefer hand building. There’s a very specific technique for throwing, and if you slip up for a moment, the whole piece may be ruined. That stresses me out.
PI: What’s your favorite part in the process of making something?
CW: My favorite part about making something in ceramics is when a piece comes out of the kiln for the final time. You never really know how glaze will turn out after being fired, so there’s always a little anticipation surrounding the final outcome. Sometimes you’re pleasantly surprised, and sometimes you learn a lesson.
PI: Do you practice any other types of art?
CW: I’m involved in many forms of 2-D art such as drawing, painting and photography. Pencil drawings and photography are my favorite mediums.
PI: What are your plans after high school?
CW: Next year, I’ll be attending Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
PI: Do you see a future in art?
CW: I’d like to pursue a career in art therapy and hopefully sell some photography on the side. I can’t see myself in a career that doesn’t somehow incorporate art.
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