Studenski Award Winner Learns an Ancient Craft in The Big Apple

I used the Studenski Award to spend two months living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and studying pottery at the Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center in Long Island City, New York.

Living in New York was a complete change of pace from Pasadena. The city was much busier and more crowded, which took a few weeks to adjust to. It was also much more heterogeneous. Traveling just a few blocks took me to completely different and distinctive neighborhoods. Once I began to learn my way around the city, the subway rides to and from the ceramics studio became a special part of my routine.

Most days of the week, open studio ho