When the students and faculty of Miss Hall’s began the transition to distance learning as part of the effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, it seemed that some classes would have an easier transition than others, Ceramics not being one of them. How, we all asked ourselves, would students create without access to the clay, pottery wheels, sculpture tools, and kilns of the beloved Ruth Milliken Murphy ’30 Ceramics Studio?
As it turns out, with a little resourcefulness, creativity and innovation—three values integral to the Miss Hall’s Distance Learning experience—students are capable of making all sorts of creations, using everything from cardboard to stones to light.
“During distance learning, I tried to create things that I could make in a ceramics class, such as vases and boxes,” says Sammy Rusk ’21. “The best part of working at home for me has been spending time with my family. I helped make the garden beds with my mom, and I made the vase while spending time with my brother. Both contain living things, which was inspired by the beautiful Berkshire spring. While both are very rudimentary, I had a lot of fun making them, and I really appreciated the opportunity to create art during quarantine.”
Or, as Jada Vanderhorst ’21, who worked with shadows after sculpting bodies out of aluminum foil said, “This represents my work in a very artistic way, because I never knew I could make art in my house without using clay.”