Daytona State Studio Arts kicks off Brown Bag Series

Christina Lavris
In Motion Staff Writer

Students and community members tried their hands at pottery with a ceramic workshop hosted by professor Trent Berning as Daytona State’s Studio Arts Department kicked off its annual fall brown bag lecture and workshop series in September.

Attendees at the lecture get a feel for the clay while test driving the pottery wheels during the first Studio Arts lecture.
Attendees at the lecture get a feel for the clay while test driving the pottery wheels during the first Studio Arts lecture.

Berning gave a quick tour of the campus ceramic facility, starting with the room where the stoneware clay is made and the kiln room, where pieces are fired. Inside the studio, he demonstrated basic pottery wheel techniques for the class while answering questions from people attending the workshop.

“Throwing clay isn’t about strength, it’s about technique and finesse,” said Berning, who has over 20 years of experience working in the medium.

People of various ages and backgrounds attended the free one-hour event, including Doris Tanksley, 66, of Corpus Christ. “My niece wanted me and my granddaughter to check things out. I really like it, it’s very interesting,” said Tanksley, who is visiting family in Daytona Beach.

Several pottery wheels were set up for anyone who wished to give clay throwing a try themselves. Seats quickly filled with attendees eager to get their hands dirty and to get a feel for the clay.

“The most fun part of this is that it’s a complete and utter mess,” said Alexandra Wakefield, an AA student at DSC.

“We started the brown bag sessions a couple years ago. The Studio Arts department all donate our time to hold these workshops for students and the community. We also have programs available for veterans,” said Berning.

Upcoming brown bag studio arts sessions include a lecture about character creation in the gaming industry from UCF Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy’s Nick Zuccarello on Oct. 4; a linocut printmaking workshop with professors Viktoryia McGrath and Stacey Reynolds on Nov. 1; and “The Hub on Canal” lecture about art hub functions presented by New Smyrna Beach’s Canal Street Art Hub board of directors president Richard England on Dec. 6.
For more information about these and other Studio Arts events, contact Stacey Reynolds at 386.506.3669 or by email Stacey.Reynolds@DaytonaState.edu