Teens’ Clay Creations Displayed at Orange County Fair

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in News, Sidebar | 0 comments

Renowned clay artist Kevin Myers – who has been sharing his time and talents with Hathaway-Sycamores’ residents for more than a decade – recently returned to our El Nido campus to lead a ceramic-art workshop.

Over the course of five weekly sessions, the boys – ages 16 to 18 – produced striking pieces of ceramic art. Designed to be both fun and therapeutic, the sessions sparked the teens’ creativity as they imprinted and texturized slabs of clay using unusual items such as gears and tire chains. The clay was then formed into various vessel shapes and topped with vibrant colors.

Kevin Myers at Hathaway-Sycamores

Kevin Myers with pieces of ceramic art produced by Hathaway-Sycamores’ teens.

The workshop culminated with an actual showing, as the boys’ creations were included in a month-long art exhibit at this summer’s Orange County Fair.

Commenting on the workshop’s impact, Myers said, “The process of creating an artwork and then seeing it on display at the fair was empowering to the boys. Everybody can be creative,” he added, “they just have to be given a chance.”

Myers’ relationship with Hathaway-Sycamores began in 2002 when he served as Master-in-Residence at our El Nido campus. Under his guidance, residents created two fantastical, large-scale ceramic totems that are still on display at the campus. Over the years, Myers has guided residents through a variety of art projects that were then featured in several of our Children’s Art Calendars.

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