I was sitting at the wheel, a stained apron hanging around my neck while my hands hovered anxiously over a fresh chunk of clay. My senior year was coming to a close, and I seemed to exist in a constant state of last-minute decisions and anxious thoughts about the future. However, inside the ceramics studio, I found that my thoughts became a bit simpler. On this particular afternoon, I was pondering how much a lump of clay is really worth. I decided that the answer would vary, depending on who was asked. However, I knew that if someone were to ask me, I’d not speak of its market cost, but of its unmeasurable value, simply because of its potential. The closer I looked at the lump of clay, the more I began to see myself.
I am not a finished product, but rather, a work in progress. I am not ashamed of that. I am proud of my potential. The last four years have been full of change, growth, and learning. I feel like I have a lot in common with a new and unfinished piece of art or craftsmanship. There’s been just enough work done to get a feeling for what the finished product could be, but there is just enough left to do, that you know you aren’t seeing the full picture yet. Every artist loves to look at something newly begun, knowing that with a little work it could become a masterpiece. Here I am, at the age of 18, a fresh and unfinished work, hanging myself on a gallery wall for you to examine. If you look closely, you’ll see a few bold strokes of determination, as well as proud curves of strength and responsibility. There are undertones of friendship and family. Everything is centered around hope for the future.
I hope that the next few years of my future are spent pursuing creative passions, furthering my education and turning potential into something even more beautiful.
Annelise was awarded a scholarship based on her piece, Regal, at the 2018 NCECA k-12 exhibit
WHSAA – Wyoming State Art, Annelise received two blue ribbons for her ceramic work on exhibit