MVRHS student pottery and sculpture show opens at Featherstone

Nesting bowls by Emily Kleinhenz, grade 12 — Photo courtesy of Featherstone

Beginning with a reception this Sunday, May 31, from 4 to 6 pm, the sculpture of several Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School students will be on display and for sale at Featherstone through June 7. Under the direction of Brendan Coogan, all participating students have achieved a level of technical acumen and a unique personal style that is apparent in every piece of pottery that they have produced this year. For many of the artists who are participating in this show, the pieces here represent multiple years of hard work and dedication that have allowed them to produce quality, functional pottery with consistency and imagination. There are many different approaches to form, as well as creative solutions to the function of each piece.

In an email to The Times, Mr. Coogan said, “I am hoping to include a wider variety of work from a greater number of students than in previous years. In the past, the show was more of a showcase for the graduating seniors; this year I have so many great potters from all grades who were excited about participating that I expanded the roster.”

Participating students in the Featherstone show and sale include Donald O’Shaughnessy, Karl Rasmus Sayre, Michael Morris, Gordon Moore, Emily Kleinhenz, Greg McCarron Jr., and Curtis Farrell.

Karl Rasmus Sayre, a graduating senior, summed up his process: “I try to push the clay to its limits while still producing something functional and aesthetically pleasing.”