Raku Art “Quilt” Installed

June 7, 2023 / Andrea Wenger

Herb Weaver, class of ’75 and EMS art teacher from ’80 to ’85, collaborated with students and art teacher Malea Gascho on a Raku “quilt” project during the 2022-23 school year.

Raku is a Japanese hand modeled pottery that is fired at a low temperature and rapidly cooled. Students created quilt “patches” in ceramics class, and took part in firing in the special kiln Weaver brought for the day.

The “quilt” was finally assembled and hung in the courtyard over the summer.

Add quote from Malea… something about collaboration? Run the article by Herb for a quote?

Weaver, who maintains an active studio in Singers Glen, Va., after a career of teaching at the college level, has supported the EMS art program in many ways over the decades.

In spring of 2022 he shared about his art and faith in a chapel. See the video here.

Since the 1990s he has created a unique ceramic mug for each graduate, which they typically receive as a gift from the advancement department during graduation each spring. See an article about the mugs through the years. Find an image of the mug for class of 2023 on the right.

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