This project was directed by Kathy Fodness, long-time SBMA ceramic student turned instructor. During SBMA’s Youth Clay classes, each group of students carved their own ceramic cylinder as part of a whole totem, culminating in four totems for the garden. Kathy encouraged interaction and class discussion by allowing each group to choose their own theme for the totem.
Each cylinder is a unique expression of the students’ ability with clay, and each totem its own piece of art, following a theme of Nature, Aquatic, Outer Space, or Seasons.As a set, the four diverse totems are viewable from both inside the Carmichael Gallery as well as outside on St. Joseph Street.
“I wanted them [the students] to experience the excitement and the pride of being part of a collaborative art installation that projects happy vibes out into our community.”