Homer Council on the Arts hosted their first-ever Ceramics Showcase on Friday, as part of Homer’s monthly First Friday art exhibit offerings.
The showcase displayed works, both handbuilt and wheel-thrown, by multiple artists who have either participated in or instructed ceramics classes since HCOA opened their ceramics studio in November 2022.
“I think this event highlights how many people in Homer enjoy ceramics,” communications and development coordinator Xochitl Harbison said. “Every ceramics session has been full. We have classes happening regularly, and we’re trying to expand the presence of the studio.”
Artists represented at Friday’s showcase ranged from school-age youth to ceramicists with several years of experience to those who are returning to ceramics after a long time.
“It’s really exciting, the enthusiasm we’ve seen,” ceramics studio manager Krista Etzwiler said. “I hope this sparks more enthusiasm, especially for handbuilding — there’s lots of enthusiasm about wheel-thrown ceramics already, I think because people really like being able to make functional items. I hope people can know they can create functional handbuilt ceramics as well.”