Local News: New SEMO Ceramics Building Hosts Open Day (01/29/22)

SEMO’s Art and Design Department held an open house on January 28 to showcase its new Ceramic Building located on the corner of Morgan Oak and Frederick St. near the River Campus. Students enrolled in the spring semester were the first to use the new facilities.

At the open house, SEMO art students demonstrated how to mold clay into decorative bowls and pots. They also displayed other crafts the students have made, including paintings, embellished stones, and clothing.

Art and ceramics teacher Benjie Heu said the process of moving into the new building began about a year ago.

“They wanted us closer to the River Campus than where we were,” Heu said. “The [previous] The Ceramics Building was originally located off Broadway behind Jackson Bridal.

The new building provides more space for student design and art projects as well as better parking for students and staff.

The interior halls were decorated with various pencil drawings and painted pieces by local artists and SEMO art students. The large open halls provide ample space for ceramics classrooms, with a separate kiln room and brazing room.

Sophomore fine arts student Kate Cooper has signed up for her first ceramics class in the new building.

“The space here is amazing,” Cooper said. “I’m so impressed with the design and the light here.”

The layout of the new building includes several large windows to allow more natural light to enter the classrooms.

Hannah Sanders, associate professor of art and design, said students will reap the benefits of the new building by having the opportunity to interact with other art students.

“In our other building, the junior students never got to meet or see the upper-level students,” Sanders said. “Due to schedule and space, we were scattered across campus.”

The art and design department purchased the building that houses the paint department next to the new ceramics building. Plans to connect the two buildings are already underway.

For more information on the Art and Design Department and the new Ceramics Building, visit their website.

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