Getting your hands dirty with ceramics
The best part of working with ceramics at Western Washington University, according to studio art majors and ceramics club members Gabe Rubanowitz and Kasey Maniulit, isn’t its expansive nature or even the act of creating. Rather, it’s getting to work with Ryan Kelly, the club’s academic advisor.
“He just has so much knowledge and experience and guidance,” Rubanowitz said.
Rubanowitz and Maniulit both got into ceramics in a similar way: starting with a high school class. Rubanowitz took it as a senior and found himself instantly gripped.
“I was like, ‘I need more of this,’” he said.
Maniulit took ceramics as a sophomore in high school and decided to keep going. He ended up a part of Western’s ceramics club almost by chance.
“I showed up on the first day of one of their orientation meetings just to see what the club is about and they just happened to have enough spots for Gabe and I to join,” he said.
Above: Gabe Rubanowitz shapes a piece on the wheel.
Below: Finished pieces by Kasey Maniulit.