Claytopia Gives Potters a Chance to Create Art
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Claytopia 2021 Gives Eaton Potters a Chance to Create Art
Posted on 04/21/2021
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If you think pottery wheels are a thing of the past, think again.

Claytopia students

Claytopia 2021, a two-week event during advisory time within V.R. Eaton High School’s Visual Art Department, gives potters an opportunity to create particular clay objects and put them on display for judges.

In this Chopped-style competition, potters will utilize preliminary week to createpottery wheels will be in useand glaze nesting bowls and pinch pots. During championship week, potters will be “chopped” from the competition, while remaining competitors will advance by creating distinctive clay objects, including a vessel with a lid and handles, while also participating in personal reflections and interviews.

Claytopia student

Katherine Nelson, Visual Art Department Lead at V.R. Eaton High School, promises this year’s event will make up for last year’s thwarted competition.

“Last year COVID-19 cancelled our competition, but this year we are determined to compete! Our art students will be highlighted and judged on the skills they have been learning throughout the school year. These kids are excited to finally participate in Claytopia and show off their talents!”

Claytopia students

Preliminary Week began on Monday, April 19 and will run through Friday, April 23, with students throwing on the pottery wheel, perfecting their clay objects by hand, and glazing their designs. Championship Week—also known as Critique Week—will take place during the week of Monday, April 26 and will feature the narrowing of competition until a Claytopia 2021 winner is announced on Friday, April 30 at 11 a.m.

Claytopia students

It is always a lot of fun to watch the competition take shape,” says Nelson. “It’s a fantastic hands-on experience these students participate in, designing and creating and utilizing the techniques they have learned over the years.”

For photographs from preliminary week, please visit the district’s Flickr account.