* Honorable Mention 2023: Phoebe Soulis – On The Edge

Artist: Phoebe Soulis
Title: On The Edge
Media: This is a ceramics piece with glaze.
Grade: 11th
School: Bentley Upper School
Teacher: Michelle Cho

For this piece I wanted to depict the feeling of things (those things being school work, anxiety, social issues, and more) stacking up to the point that it may all fall apart. When I was thinking of what I wanted to represent the “things” I knew I wanted it to be something delicate and something that could be easily stacked. That is where I came up with the idea of stacking teacups as they are very delicate looking objects. I started going about this idea by making many teacups and saucers out of clay on the wheel and with this I was able to perfect each cup as I went along. Me and my art teacher spent a lot of time thinking about how we were going to connect the teacups together and we came to the decision that we wanted to connect them with glaze. We first went over with underglaze and eventually connected them using over glaze. I am very happy with how this piece turned out as I feel like my wheel throwing skills have improved so much.