The Sarah Jo Hermanson Scholarship
ClaySpace is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization, and the mission of ClaySpace is to develop, sustain and promote a not-for-profit art-centered community that provides outstanding educational, artistic and collaborative programs in the ceramic arts to its resident artists and to the general public.
Consistent with our mission for community outreach, ClaySpace is offering the Sarah Jo Hermanson Scholarship. Celebrated local artist and strong supporter of the founding of ClaySpace, Sarah Jo Hermanson believed in mentoring artists and in encouraging her many students to explore their visions. In her memory, ClaySpace established the Sarah Jo Hermanson Scholarship Fund to award ceramic classes to deserving local high school and college students. Throughout the year, ClaySpace raises funds and accepts donations to enable the scholarship. In the past 3 years, we have been able to offer 5 8-week classes to local students each year. Our goal is to repeat in 2020 thru this application process. The SJH Scholarship is open to local students who have an aptitude and interest in the arts with a desire to learn and/or expand their knowledge in the ceramic arts. The scholarship recipient must be committed to attending their class, expanding their skills, and producing pieces. Please note that the recipient will be responsible for getting to and from class.
A SJH Scholarship recipient will receive:
• An 8-week ClaySpace ceramics class taught by a professional ceramic artist.
• A basic ceramic tool kit and bag of clay
• An Award Certificate
• Access to ClaySpace during open labs
• Admittance to the fall gallery student show
Additionally, access to ClaySpace provides the recipient the ability to see a working ceramics arts center and gallery with 55 Resident Artists and over 300 students. ClaySpace Ceramic Artists include professional artists and hobbyists that specialize in wheel thrown, molds, and handmade art including functional wares and sculpture. Many decorative techniques are used including carving, glazing, mishima, sgraffito, slip, sprig molds, stamping, underglaze painting and wax resist. There are15student glazes provided and a glaze kitchen where many artists create their own glazes. ClaySpace has 5 electric kilns, one Raku kiln, and 2 gas kilns –one used specifically for soda firing. The ClaySpace Gallery has exceptional exhibits featuring a different artist every month along with a high quality selection of art from the Resident Artists. In the fall, ClaySpace has a show of student work. The SJH scholarship recipient can choose to include the work(s)completed in the class, in this show.
Past Scholarship winners
Scholarship winners Race Bonner and Joe Cumbo with ClaySpace member Pauline Ares
Scholarship winner Elise Vorpahl with ClaySpace member and teacher Linda Kiepke