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SSHS sells clay projects at Flame Tree Arts Festival

TO raise money for the purchase of potter’s wheels to be used in the pottery and ceramics class, Saipan Southern High School sold its students’ clay projects — mostly cups and flower vases — at the recently concluded Flame Tree Arts Festival.

SSHS teacher Veronica Mendez said there is a growing interest in her pottery class, adding that 120 students enrolled in the first semester.

“We tried to limit the class size to 15 to 24 because we have limited supplies,” said Mendez, who won first place in the painting/open category of Bridge Capital’s 9th annual art competition.

Mendez said she continues to receive positive feedback from her students about the pottery class. “They really enjoy the class. They said it relaxes them.”

Saipan Southern High School sold clay projects during the 38th annual Flame Tree Arts Festival celebration at the Civic Center in Susupe. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio Saipan Southern High School sold clay projects during the 38th annual Flame Tree Arts Festival celebration at the Civic Center in Susupe. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

One of her students, Jerine Blaco, said the pottery class allows her to “forget the stress” she feels with her other subjects.

“I first took it in my freshman year and then I took it again this year,” said Blaco, a 10th grader.

According to Mendez, she plans to buy materials for the class, including a potter’s wheels. “We don’t have a working wheel right now. All the wheels from the old program are not working anymore.”

A potter’s wheel is “a machine used in shaping round ceramic ware.”

“We used it for a ‘throwing’ — a technique in which you put the clay in the center of the wheel to you make a cup with a smooth surface,” Mendez said. “It’s nice to introduce other art forms to students besides painting.”