By Bailey Cichon
MARSHFIELD — Out of the 1,400 submissions in this year’s National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts (NCECA) National K-12 Art Exhibit, two came from Marshfield High School. Pieces from Ashley Cherney and McKensey Koran were accepted into the NCECA K-12 Exhibit, which recently took place in Portland, Oregon. NCECA exhibits the work of artists from all ages — from students grades K-12 to professionals.
Seven student works from Marshfield High School were submitted for the K-12 exhibit, but ultimately Cherney and Koran’s pieces advanced past the preliminary jury.
“Marshfield High School has never entered a national ceramic show, so we all were not expecting (things to go as they did),” said Cherney. “When Mr. Bergelin told me I was going to be in a national show, I was overwhelmed with emotions.”
Both Koran’s and Cherney’s pieces took less than a month to complete. The pieces display advanced level craftsmanship and design.
“As an AP 3D art student, I like to test the limits of clay and challenge myself to do better with every piece that I complete,” explained Koran. “I had (an) idea of what I wanted my piece to look like, but the end product is always interpreted very differently by my peers. I don’t (want) my pieces to only be relatable to a few people or only seen as one idea. I love making my pieces interesting to a wider audience.”
Tim Bergelin, an art educator at Marshfield High School, added, “I’d like to extend thanks to our hard-working students, our incredible staff in supporting excellence in all ways, and the community for keeping our district strong and worthy of national recognition.”