Penn State Art for Humanity

Video posted April 17, 2013 in News by Wildamie Ceus


In his journey to become an art teacher, fifth-year ceramics student Brooks Anderson has taken a detour into the world of natural art. On April 5, he was among a group of Penn State ceramics students who presented several handcrafted, personally designed ceramic water filter containers in the Borland Building. An art instructor developed the water filtration system at the university, and students were instructed to design ceramic containers for them as part of a classroom assignment.

Brooks Anderson, inspired by the art in nature, designed a filter container that celebrated Earth, using deep browns and oranges, and details like plant fossils.

Anderson, who prefers working in three-dimensional forms, said he does not usually begin working on his projects with a sketch. Sometimes he may not even have a specific idea in mind. Instead, Anderson said, he likes to allow his hands to create.

Revealing his art to audiences is a difficult process for the sculptor. He finds that opening his pieces up for viewing leaves him feeling very vulnerable, which makes selling them quite stressful.

He still has a year to go to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Anderson explained that applying art to humanitarian efforts such as this is what he hopes to be able to continue practicing as an art educator. Art is a tool, Anderson said, that allowed him to not only explore creatively, but to understand himself, and he wants help other young people go where art has taken him.

The water filtration containers will go on display at universities across the country in the coming weeks. Anderson hopes to sell his ceramic container and other sculpted pieces.

Where creativity begins 

In this video Penn State student Brooks Anderson explains how he creates art. Is it in your head, or in your hands?