Only 150 Works of Art Were Chosen Out of 900 Submitted
Artist Abigail Iasso’s ceramic piece, “A Butterflies Touch”, has been selected for the National exhibit at the National Conference on the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA). A Montville Township High School junior, Iasso was inspired to create the work when she happened to see an image of a snake holding a cup.
“I always loved butterflies,” she said so I wanted to incorporate them into the work. And, last year I had made a hand, so I wanted to incorporate that element.”
Iasso’s work of art, entitled “A Butterflies Touch” is a sculpture of open hands, flitting wings and a finely detailed woven basket.
“This piece is extremely well done,” said Edward Fleischman, Montville Township Public Schools Supervisor of the Fine and Performing Arts. “The attention to detail is very impressive.”
More than 900 works of art from across the country were submitted for the K-12 exhibition. Iasso’s piece is one of only 150 chosen for display in the national show.
“This is a great achievement for Abby,” said MTHS Visual Arts Teacher Sharon Pflug-Moench. “The hands and the butterflies were constructed by hand and the container in the hands was designed and printed using our 3D Potter Ceramic Printer. I am very proud of her and her work.”
Iasso said that when she began constructing her design, she was not certain the container would be a basket. Her decision to incorporate the detailed basket design was informed by her experimentation with the district’s new 3D Potter Ceramic Printer.
“I tested out different ways of doing it,” Iasso explained, noting that she had never worked with a 3D Potter Ceramic Printer before. “I really liked the way this design curved and looked like a basket. It was really cool to design it.”
Pflug-Moench received a grant for the 3D Potter Ceramic Printer from the Montville Educational Foundation. The 2019-2020 academic year is the first time MTHS students have had an opportunity to design and incorporate 3D ceramic components in their works of art.
Founded in 1966, NCECA is an organization that embraces ceramics as an art form and encourages the creative education of that art form.
“It’s very exciting,” Iasso said about having her work selected for a national exhibit. “I never thought I would be capable of doing something like this. It just makes me happy.”
Annually, artists whose work is displayed in the national show are also considered for awards and scholarships.
“This is a great honor for Abby and our program,” Pflug-Moench added.
“A Butterflies Touch” by Montville Township High School junior Abigail Iasso will be on display at the NCECA Conference Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 26, 27 and 28, 2020. March is National Youth Art Month. Between 3,500 and 5,000 ceramic artists attend the annual NCECA Conference. This year’s national exhibit will be held in Richmond, Virginia.