you can make it do whatever you want. But
learning how to do it right is hard," the Lowell
Phnom Penh, Livan is believed to be one of the
few ceramists to survive the brutal Pol Pot-era
genocide. He teaches two to three sections of
"Ceramics I & II" each semester. And, over the
next two years, Livan will expand his teaching
outside the college, thanks to a $40,000 grant
from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Cambodian ceramic tradition, the grant
will allow Livan to lead ceramics courses for
Lowell Public Schools (LPS) students and the
community. He will also train LPS teachers in
the art and history of Cambodian ceramics.
traditional Cambodian ceramics kiln,
constructed on the grounds of Lowell
National Historical Park. Most student projects
as well as his own work are fired in the
smokeless, wood-fired kiln.
Studio, Livan patiently teaches the three basic
techniques of Cambodian ceramics: how to
make pinch-, coil- and slab-vessels. "You can
make anything with these three skills. Once
you know these things, you will have a good
foundation," he explained. "Then, you will
learn to create!"
according to "Ceramics I" student Kelsy
Duran, of Lawrence. "I thought this class
would be easy and relaxing but it was really
challenging," she said, laughing. "Although,
once you get the hang of it, it really is fun."
something even deeper. "I found my passion
through Yary. I was here just two days and
knew this is where I was meant to be," said
Gray. "When I'm working with clay, I just go
into another world."
were not for me. Once I took "Intro to Computer Graphics," it felt like I was going in the right direction.
Graphic design is everywhere in our everyday lives, whether we realize it or not. Designers make their
projects look so easy, but it's so complex and complicated which is what makes it all so beautiful!
Future Plans: After I graduate, I hope to get a job as a graphic designer then finish my bachelor's
degree in graphic design.