On April 6 the advanced art students of Mason High School were guests of San Angelo Central High School for an informal clay workshop. Joe Morgan, art teacher and ceramic artist, along with his ceramic students demonstrated techniques using the pottery wheel.
Mason students worked with the Central High students one on one to gain experience using the "wheel thrown" method. Mason students were also able to participate in a raku firing. In this method glazed pots are taken from a red hot kiln and plunged into a receptacle filled with a combustible material such as newspaper creating a carbon/metallic effect. During the workshop Mason students were honored to have the Central High School principal, Bill Waters, stop by to meet them and observe the activities.
The Mason High School art department now owns a pottery wheel thanks to a donation by Rosemary Davis, Mason resident and Fine Art Association of the Hill Country member. The generous donation of an electric pottery wheel and clay sparked student interest and led to the collaborative experience with Central High School.
San Angelo has a tradition of support for ceramic art. This year the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts hosts its 18th Annual National Ceramic Art Competition with an exhibit at the museum April 16 – June 20, 2010. In conjunction with the exhibit the museum collaborates with the community in sponsoring a ceramics weekend filled with guest lecturers, exhibitions, and demonstrations. The museum also owns an extensive ceramic art permanent collection.