Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 10:36 PM on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Artist at Flex big hit

The students and the staff would like to give great thanks for allowing us to participate in the Artist in the Schools (AIS) Program. I am a student at Flex and was a participant working with Ahna Iredale. I learned many of her methods and was excited to be making new things. Ahna taught our ceramics class how to center a piece on the wheel and make a large bowl. Over the few weeks Ahna was with us, we learned how to make bowls, platters and cups. It was a treat to present our art to the public for First Friday.

Some of our other students also enjoyed coming up with new ideas and using imagination to create. They were excited to be learning how to use the wheel, and Ahna also told the students how wax kept the glaze from dripping and sticking to the kiln and cracking. The pieces that were produced were very beautiful and inspired us to try new things with the clay.

We would like to give thanks to our legislators Paul Seaton and Gary Stevens, for funding the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA), also to ASCA for supporting the Artist in the Schools program and finally to the Bunnell Street Arts Center for their local administration of the AIS program.

On behalf of Homer Flex, my name is Desirae Tangman and the rest of my fellow classmates and staff would like to thank you again for supporting the Artist in the Schools program and making it happen. We enjoyed learning from Ahna's perspective how to do things a different way, to make it easier for some people.

Desirae Tangman, Flex student

on behalf of Homer Flex staff and students