Maine ceramics Art classes workshops
Where were you before coming to MECA?
Prior to MECA I was living in Portland, Oregon at the Oregon College of Art & Craft (OCAC), studying ceramics.
What got you into wanting to make art in the first place?
My dad is a furniture designer and maker. So, you know, making things with your hands was not foreign to me. Though, originally, after high school, I had gone to school to be a teacher. I don’t really know how I got into it. It was like this weird evolution. The best way I can describe it is this: I think art embodies the true sense of independence, and having watched both of my parents run very successful independent businesses was inspiring, and led me to travel the world in a very independent way. Thus creating a lifestyle of independence, which is void of working within someone else’s agenda and fulfilling their needs and motives. It’s something that I hope to continue to do again after school, doing what I think is right for myself and the rest of the world.
What brought you to MECA?
Maine brought me to MECA, for one. I love Maine. I grew up in Kennebunk, Maine. I like the location of the school. I like that it’s in an urban environment, that it’s part of the city. Its affordability was also a draw. The school offered me a great scholarship opportunity.
What surprises have you encountered with your education here?
The freedom in the curriculum to explore what you want to do and how you want to do it. At OCAC, their curriculum was based on very specific assignments whereas MECA encourages you to find a direction you’re interested in and explore it in a very in-depth and broad manner.
What is the best thing you’ve learned in terms of real world experience while being here?
I’ve really learned that forging a community is invaluable, within your educational experience and social experience, and seeing that there shouldn’t be any barriers in between. Networking implies such a logistical terminology. A lot of people say art is about who you know. I believe it doesn’t have to be that formalized. It’s about how genuine you are with your peers and your teachers and the rest will follow.
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