Obama students win awards at City High School Students Ceramics Show


Opening night for the City High School Students’ Show at the Clay Place at Standard was a festive event for the arts community of Pittsburgh. Ceramic students, teachers and professionals converged on the cozy gallery in Carnegie, PA on Friday evening, December 2, 2011.

As I walked up the ramp to the gallery, I could hear and see the musicians playing. Then we opened the door to the overwhelming beauty of over 40 ceramic works of art, created by high school students at CAPA, Carrick, Langley, Obama, Oliver, Perry, and the Academy at Westinghouse. It is amazing how talented PPS students are!

Throughout the evening, the musical accompaniment enhanced the creative vibe of this event, and the fresh-baked hors d’oeuvres and hot chocolate added to our enjoyment. Five students from Obama were selected by Ms. Hetrick to submit works to this event: Tayuanna Jackson, Tessa Mastalski, Erik Rauterkus, Naomi Risher, and Alexus Young.

The show was judged by Mr. Ed Eberle, a Pittsburgh ceramic artist who is internationally known and whose work can be found in the Carnegie Museum as well as galleries and museums around the world. Three students from Obama received awards for their work.

Erik Rauterkus won First Place, Naomi Risher won Third Place, and Tessa Mastalski received an Honorable Mention. Congratulations to all students who received awards and also to those who entered work.

The exhibition will remain open until December 22, 2011. It’s worth a trip to Carnegie to see this stellar exhibition.