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Ceramics student donates handiwork

February 01, 2001

Ceramics student donates handiwork



When Chris Foxwell started general education studies at Hagerstown Community College in 1997, he started molding his future.

He took a ceramics class with Ben Culbertson during his first semester and "got hooked."

The Salisbury, Md., native said he had "a good knack for it. I just liked working with clay."

He stayed at HCC until last year, then enrolled at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich., where he is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree in ceramic arts.

Those who attend the Potter's Bowl Dinner Sunday, Feb. 18, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave. in Hagerstown, will see samples of Foxwell's handiwork. This is the first year he has donated bowls to the dinner, which raises funds for Community Free Clinic in Hagerstown.

Culbertson has been involved for years with Potter's Bowl and mentioned to his students and former students that more bowls were needed for this year's event, so Foxwell agreed to help.

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He threw the bowls at HCC during his Christmas break and hadn't seen the finished products until recently. Since glazing is part chance and part skill, he wasn't sure exactly what hue his bowls would be.

In addition to making pots, which he creates with stoneware or porcelain, Foxwell also does sculptural work with earthenware.

He wants to earn a master's degree in fine arts.

"There's all sorts of places I'm dreaming of" to go to school, said Foxwell, 28, while visiting his grandparents, Jean and Clifford Hutzell, of Boonsboro. Topping his list is Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.

After completing his studies, he hopes to teach or open a studio.

Meg H. Partington, Staff Writer

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