A Passion for Ceramic Art Leads Two Parker Students to National Exhibition

Parker Middle School students Kat Hass and Leo Baez, both Class of 2021, had ceramic art pieces accepted into the 20th Annual National Kindergarten through Grade 12 Ceramic Exhibition in Portland, OR. This exhibit is an annual juried ceramic competition for students in the United States and is hosted by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

Leo Baez, 14, created Orang Utan, a 10 lb ceramic bust of an orangutan that looks to be thinking. The bust was the third iteration of the ape according to Leo.

“I kept redoing it until I got the face just right,” he said. For Leo this project awakened a passion for ceramics and he said cannot wait until he gets back into the classroom to create more pieces.

Kat Hass, 14, created a Southwest pueblo scene called Pueblo bas relief, which she says took her about 25 hours to create. With a strong passion for photography, Kat was surprised the piece was accepted into the national exhibit.

According to Steve Cook, Kat and Leo’s ceramic teacher at Parker, of the 1,413 entries to the exhibit only about 100 entries are usually accepted.

“It’s quite the honor to have work in the show,” Cook said. “Both Kat and Leo’s pieces received special recognition at the 2017 Youth Art Month (YAM) hosted by the San Diego Art Education Association.”

Leo’s ape bust received 1st place and Kat’s pueblo scene received honorable mention for the K-8 Three Dimensional Art category for YAM.

The national ceramic exhibit will show Wednesday, March 22-24 up in Portland. The event gathers professionals from universities, colleges, museums, art galleries and the ceramic arts world to celebrate young artists and their creations.
Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

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