Local artist, Vicente Garcia, recently visited BHS and spoke to Chemistry and Pottery students. Mr. Garcia is an established Sculpture and Ceramic artist as well as Full Professor at Central Connecticut State University. Through an in-depth presentation, over 100 students learned of the vast connections between the two disciplines. Mr. Garcia spoke about the mineral make-up of clay and glazes, and discussed how the manipulation of these components can be utilized to create varied effects and finishes. Reduction, oxidation and combustion reactions play an important role in the firing process and the outcome of ceramic artworks.
After the presentation, Mr. Garcia visited the Pottery classroom and demonstrated his impressive skills on the pottery wheel. On April 7th, a group of students will take a field trip to his Simsbury studio to participate in an Alternative Firings Workshop where they will get hands-on experience and continue to form meaningful connections between the Arts and Sciences.