Introduction

Since 2014, AMOCA has hosted an annual juried exhibition showcasing the remarkable talents of high school students studying the ceramic arts. Starting in 2020, the exhibition has been virtual. Nearly 300 applications were submitted for the 2022 exhibition, and 99 were selected by Museum staff through a collective jury process.

To learn more about the program and view past exhibitions, visit the link below.

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Teen Council

With support from the Ruth and Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts, AMOCA hosts an internship and professional development group for high school students. Students receive access to exclusive museum areas and events, develop their college resume, meet professional artists, and receive complimentary access to the AMOCA Ceramics Studio. Council membership is free thanks to grant funding.

To learn more and apply to join the program, visit the link below.

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Exhibition Acknowledgments

This program generously funded provided, in part, through grants from Ruth and Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts and the DEW Foundation.

Exhibition Awards Ceremony

Exhibition Award Winners

Visitors’ Choice Award

Visit the link below to cast your vote! The winner will be announced at the close of the exhibition.

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Classes of 2024-25

Honorable Mention: Julissa Espinoza

Julissa Espinoza, “Platter,” Ceramic, n.d. Class of 2024/2025, Los Angeles, California.

Honorable Mention: Allison Chung

Allison Chung, “Baby,” Ceramic, 7 x 2 x 5 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Glendora, California.

Honorable Mention: Kyu-Sun Kim

Kyu-Sun Kim, “A Magic Tea Set,” Stoneware, glazes, 15.75 x 10 x 10 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Seattle, Washington.

Best of Show: Michaela Arsene

Michaela Arsene, “Lady Davis,” Ceramic, underglaze, mixed media, 8 x 14 x 6.5 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Lake Forest, California.

Class of 2023

Honorable Mention: Sarah Gormley

Sarah Gormley, “Fitting the mold,” Ceramic, acrylic paint, popsicle sticks, wood stain, sand, super glue, hot glue, 12 x 12 x 5.5 inches. Class of 2023, Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Honorable Mention: Jensen Wilson

Jensen Wilson, “Mechanical Shark,” Ceramic, 16 x 10 x 5 inches. Class of 2023, Post Falls, Idaho.

Honorable Mention: Kayna Smith

Kayna Smith, “Armadillo Back,” Stoneware, n.d. Class of 2023, Tustin, California.

Best of Show: Gavin Langhorst

Gavin Langhorst, “Masked Emotions,” Ceramic, glaze, paint, 12.5 x 16 inches. Class of 2023, Claremont, California.

Class of 2022

Honorable Mention: Mya Gackstetter

Mya Gackstetter, “Time Flies,” Ceramic, glaze, underglaze, gold vintage glaze, photographs, 7 x 2.5 x 6 inches. Class of 2022, Post Falls, Idaho.

Honorable Mention: Hannah Yared

Hannah Yared, “6,737-piece,” Stoneware, underglaze, glaze, 5 x 5 x 9 inches. Class of 2022, Winter Park, Florida.

Honorable Mention: Melody Huang

Melody Huang, “Untitled Vase,” Stoneware, n.d. Class of 2022, La Canada, California.

Best of Show: Wilfredo Argueta

Wilfredo Argueta, “Helmeted Warrior,” Ceramic underglaze, 14 x 8.5 x 12 inches. Class of 2022, Lake Forest, California.

Exhibition Works

Works are listed in alphabetical order by last name of the artist. Photos of works are submitted by participants. Click or tap on a photo to see a larger image.

Maya Albuerne

Maya Albuerne, “Green Quilted Lidded Jar,” Ceramic, celadon glaze, 5 x 2.25 inches. Class of 2023, Glendale, California.

Catherine Allen

Catherine Allen, “Who Speaks Through You,” Ceramic, glaze, 5.5 x 5.5 x 2 inches. Class of 2023, Los Olivos, California.

Delfina Anderson Comas

Delfina Anderson Comas, “Camouflage,” Ceramic, underglaze, acrylic paint, found object, 30.5 x 6.5 x 9 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Lake Forest, California.

Phoebe Anzalone

Phoebe Anzalone, “Swinging bears,” Ceramic, wood dowels, metal chain, butterboard, 8 x 5 x 3 inches. Class of 2023, San Francisco, California.

Wilfredo Argueta

Wilfredo Argueta, “Helmeted Warrior,” Ceramic underglaze, 14 x 8.5 x 12 inches. Class of 2022, Lake Forest, California.

Michaela Arsene

Michaela Arsene, “Lady Davis,” Ceramic, underglaze, mixed media, 8 x 14 x 6.5 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Lake Forest, California.

Kora Ashton

Kora Ashton, “Happiness,” Ceramic, acrylic paint, mod podge, rope, felt, fake flowers, beads, hot glue, wire, 9.84 x 10.8 x 5.1 inches. Class of 2022, Carson City, Nevada.

Karizma Baker-Upshaw

Karizma Baker-Upshaw, “Inspiral,” Ceramic, glaze, 14 x 10.5 x 7.25 inches. Class of 2022, East Point, Georgia.

Avery Birle

Avery Birle, “Ruin,” Raku ceramic, glaze, 8.5 x 4.75 x 6 inches. Class of 2022, Casselberry, Florida.

Amanda Bixby

Amanda Bixby, “Tea Pot with Cups,” Stoneware, glaze, 26 x 14 x 15 inches. Class of 2022, Binghamton, New York.

Kaliani Boden

Kaliani Boden, “The Bird’s Little Ledge,” Ceramic, underglaze, glaze, 10 x 7 inches. Class of 2022, Glendale, California.

Mary Brom

Mary Brom, “Slab Vessel,” Stoneware, glaze, 12 x 12 x 15 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Binghamton, New York.

Sarah Bush

Sarah Bush, “Slab Vessel with Lid,” Stoneware, glaze, 27 x 15 x 13 inches. Class of 2022, Sharpsville, Pennsylvania.

Zoe Carmack

Zoe Carmack, “Philautia,” Ceramic, acrylic paint, spray paint, spray foam, rock salt, 9 x 15 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Lake Forest, California.

Shannon Carroll

Shannon Carroll, “All Eyez On Me,” Ceramic, glaze, n.d. Class of 2022, Holly Springs, North Carolina.

Alexis Castellanos

Alexis Castellanos, “Emerald Treasure,” Ceramic, glaze, 9 x 2 inches. Class of 2023, Monrovia, California.

Audrey Chen

Audrey Chen, “Spring in Japan,” Ceramic, underglaze, 10.5 x 11 x 11 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Los Angeles, California.

Maylin Chen

Maylin Chen, “Shop,” Stoneware clay, 8 x 8 x 6 inches. Class of 2024/2025, La Canada, California.

Allison Chung

Allison Chung, “Baby,” Ceramic, 7 x 2 x 5 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Glendora, California.

Kristen Cloutman

Kristen Cloutman, “Racehorse,” Stoneware, acrylic paint, wire, fabric, 6 x 21 x 6 inches. Class of 2022, Covington, Louisiana.

Savana Collins

Savana Collins, “Ink Well Set,” Stoneware, glaze, wood, 7 x 8 x 7 inches. Class of 2022, Binghamton, New York.

Luna Cook

Luna Cook, “Rainbow and a Cloudy Day,” Ceramic, glaze, n.d. Class of 2023, Murrieta, California.

Asher Coppin

Asher Coppin, “Mortality,” Ceramic, glaze, 6 x 6 x 5 inches. Class of 2022, Olympia, Washington.

Adolfo Corrales

Adolfo Corrales, “Swimming Otter,” Ceramic, glaze, underglaze, 15 x 7 x 10.5 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Lake Forest, California.

Alex Covarrubias

Alex Covarrubias, “Masks,” Ceramic, n.d. Class of 2024/2025, Montclair, California.

Annie Cushman

Annie Cushman, “Beaker Pitcher & Cups,” Porcelain , glaze, 10 x 10 x 5 inhces. Class of 2023, Palos Verde, California.

Brianna Daman

Brianna Daman, “The Sherriff,” Ceramic, rope, fake cactus, 7 x 5 x 20 inches. Class of 2022, Wading River, New York.

Natalie Deiner

Natalie Deiner, “Born from our Mother,” Sculpey, wire, eyeshadow pigment, acrylic varnish, 7 x 3 x 3 inches. Class of 2023, San Francisco, California.

Isabella Dunlap

Isabella Dunlap, “Blushing for You,” Ceramic, 4.5 x 8.75 inches. Class of 2023, Rolling Hills, California.

Cathy Ellsworth

Cathy Ellsworth, “Cormorant Duo,” Raku ceramics, underglaze, glaze, mixed media, 10.5 x 9.5 x 9 inches. Class of 2022, Lake Forest, California.

Julissa Espinoza

Julissa Espinoza, “Platter,” Ceramic, n.d. Class of 2024/2025, Los Angeles, California.

Eleni Freeman

Eleni Freeman, “Sgraffito Box,” Earthenware, glaze, 5 x 5 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Dublin, California.

Mya Gackstetter

Mya Gackstetter, “Time Flies,” Ceramic, glaze, underglaze, gold vintage glaze, photographs, 7 x 2.5 x 6 inches. Class of 2022, Post Falls, Idaho.

Leena Ganta

Leena Ganta, “Ganesha,” Stoneware, glaze, 8.25 x 7 x 5.5 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Apex, North Carolina.

James Gomez

James Gomez, “Untitled Vases,” Ceramic, n.d. Class of 2022, Pasadena, California.

Sarah Gormley

Sarah Gormley, “Fitting the mold,” Ceramic, acrylic paint, popsicle sticks, wood stain, sand, super glue, hot glue, 12 x 12 x 5.5 inches. Class of 2023, Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Kiera Henson

Kiera Henson, “Imaginative Rabbit,” Stoneware, underglaze, 8 x 8 x 10 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Tustin, California.

Brittany Hernandez

Brittany Hernandez, “Hanami,” Red stoneware, natural twigs, leather cord, 8 x 5 x 5 inches. Class of 2022, Riverside, California.

Caroline Hession

Caroline Hession, “Is There a Correct Way to Be Selfless?,” Ceramic, acrylic paint, paper, prismacolors, hot glue, 13 x 8 x 16 inches. Class of 2023, Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Charlie Hill

Charlie Hill, “Jug Collection,” Porcelain, glaze, 15 x 8 x 10 inches. Class of 2022, Palos Verdes Estates, California.

Morgan Hirsch

Morgan Hirsch, “Coral Unbound,” Mid-fire ceramic, overglaze, 3.5 x 3.5 x 3 inches. Class of 2023, Perrysburg, Ohio.

Kaylee Houghton

Kaylee Houghton, “Crowded Places Scare Me,” Polymer clay, n.d. Class of 2022, Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Nhu Hua

Nhu Hua, “Simpler Days,” White stoneware, glaze, 6 x 8 x 5 inches. Class of 2023, Riverside, California.

Melody Huang

Melody Huang, “Untitled Vase,” Stoneware, n.d. Class of 2022, La Canada, California.

Ian Hughes

Ian Hughes, “Medieval Tavern,” Ceramic, glaze, oxide, 4 x 3.5 inches. Class of 2023, Monrovia, California.

Owen Ivory

Owen Ivory, “Curiosity Awaits,” White stoneware ceramic, glaze, 7 x 0.75 inches. Class of 2023, Laguna Niguel, California.

Amari James

Amari James, “Bleh,” Ceramic, glaze, 3 x 3 inches. Class of 2023, College Park, Georgia.

Skylei James

Skylei James, “Mysterious Skull,” Ceramic, acrylic paint, 2 x 2.5 x 5 inches. Class of 2022, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Krista Karban

Krista Karban, “Rose Box,” Ceramic, glaze, 10 x 5.5 inches. Class of 2022, Murrieta, California.

Elizabeth Khludenev

Elizabeth Khludenev, “In Plain Sight,” Ceramic, air-dried clay, glue, glaze, 6 x 7 inches. Class of 2023, Rockville, Maryland.

Kyu-Sun Kim

Kyu-Sun Kim, “A Magic Tea Set,” Stoneware, glazes, 15.75 x 10 x 10 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Seattle, Washington.

Elizabeth Koh

Elizabeth Koh, “Decorative Flower Jar,” Speckled buff ceramic, glaze, 4 x 8 inches. Class of 2023, Dublin, California.

Judit Kontra

Judit Kontra, “Reminder of My Home,” White earthenware, glaze, 5 x 5 x 5 inches. Class of 2022, Dublin, California.

Gavin Langhorst

Gavin Langhorst, “Masked Emotions,” Ceramic, glaze, paint, 12.5 x 16 inches. Class of 2023, Claremont, California.

Tianqi Lin

Tianqi Lin, “Steampunk Pumpkin,” Ceramic, glaze, 5 x 5 inches. Class of 2022, Cerritos, California.

Kelsey Lin

Kelsey Lin, “Sculptural Vase,” Stoneware clay, 6 x 7 x 4 inches. Class of 2024/2025, La Canada, California.

Sarah Lopez

Sarah Lopez, “Pumped up Kicks,” Ceramic, glaze, oxide, 10 x 9 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Monrovia, California.

Emma Luiten

Emma Luiten, “Family Home,” Unfired clay, 8 x 10 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Monrovia, California.

Kylee Lyons

Kylee Lyons, “Aerwyna,” Ceramic, glaze, n.d. Class of 2023, Olympia, Washington.

Emily Maxson

Emily Maxson, “What if You Could See the Beauty Inside?” Ceramic, clip-ons, fake flowers, paint, 9 x 8 x 5 inches. Class of 2022, Mechanicsville, Virginia.

Avery McLaughlin

Avery McLaughlin, “Baby,” White stoneware, glaze, 7 x 8 x 4 inches. Class of 2022, Covington, Louisiana.

Destyni Meadows

Destyni Meadows, “Hole of Emotion,” Ceramic, glaze, 5 x 4 x 1.5 inches. Class of 2022, Shawnee, Kansas.

Adam Miller

Adam Miller, “The Kiln is the Limit,” Stoneware, soda ash glaze, 40 x 17 x 17 inches. Class of 2022, Corvallis, Oregon.

Mischa Miranda

Mischa Miranda, “Hippo in the Bathtub,” Stoneware, underglaze, 11.5 x 11 x 6 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Lakeforest, California.

Peyton Neblett

Peyton Neblett, “The Underwater Boogiepus,” Ceramic, underglaze, mixed media, n.d. Class of 2024/2025, Lake Forest, California.

Lacy Nettie

Lacy Nettie, “Gagging TeaCat,” Ceramic, glaze, underglaze, 5 x 5 x 8 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Shawnee, Kansas.

Anastasia Ochkur

Anastasia Ochkur, “Gzhel,” Ceramic, glaze, 8 x 8 inches. Class of 2022, Olympia, Washington.

Alexandra Olson

Alexandra Olson, “Devil Face Jug,” Ceramic, glaze, 8 x 5 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

Maritza Ortega

Maritza Ortega, “Jumping Mouse Circus,” Porcelain, glaze, 3 x 2.75 x 7 inches. Class of 2022, Baldwin Park, California.

Elaine Peng

Elaine Peng, “Ottolinger Cup Set,” Ceramic, silicone caulk, 2.75 x 2.75 x 8.25 inches. Class of 2022, Winter Park, Florida.

Brandon Perez

Brandon Perez, “Jaguar Helmet,” Ceramic, 12.5 x 10 x 8 inches. Class of 2023, Lake Forest, California.

Viktoria Petrovski

Viktoria Petrovski, “Fluid Femininity,” Ceramic, 12 x 15 inches. Class of 2023, Murrieta, California.

Max Polin

Max Polin, “Regalia,” Porcelain, glaze, 3 x 3 x 6 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Palos Verdes, California.

Emberlee Preciado

Emberlee Preciado, “Lola,” Ceramic, underglaze, glaze, 21 x 8 x 4 inches. Class of 2022, Riverside, California.

Takara Putt

Takara Putt, “A Glimpse at the Ocean,” Ceramic, glaze, 8.5 x 6.5 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Olympia, Washington.

Simone Raymond

Simone Raymond, “Growth,” Ceramic, 12 x 9 x 4.5 inches. Class of 2023, Hillsboro, Oregon.

Jo Reina

Jo Reina, “Temmoku Jar,” Porcelain, temmoku glaze, 4 x 4 x 3.75 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Palos Verdes, California.

Yamila Rojas

Yamila Rojas, “Alebrije,” Ceramic, wire, glaze, 9 x 7 x 11 inches. Class of 2022, Shelton, Washington.

Lydia Rubash

Lydia Rubash, “Temporary Solitude,” Ceramic, glaze, acrylic, 9.5 x 9.5 x 7.5 inches. Class of 2022, Hillsboro, Oregon.

Brooklin Rue

Brooklin Rue, “Concave,” Ceramic, 8 x 3.5 x 4 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Hillsboro, Oregon.

Alexandra Santana

Alexandra Santana, “Arnold’s TV set,” Ceramic, 10 x 10 x 7 inches. Class of 2022, Murrieta, California.

Alexandra Schuster

Alexandra Schuster, “Brightness Beneath the Surface,” Ceramic, slip, crystallex glaze, 4 x 6.5 x 4 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Mercer, Pennsylvania.

Demi Sedrakyan

Demi Sedrakyan, “Baba Yaga,” Ceramic, underglaze, 9 x 9 inches. Class of 2022, Granada Hills, California.

Jordan Serrano

Jordan Serrano, “Unknown Faces,” Stoneware, glaze, 11.5 x 11.5 inches. Class of 2022, Island park, New York.

Kayna Smith

Kayna Smith, “Armadillo Back,” Stoneware, n.d. Class of 2023, Tustin, California.

Ainsley Staub

Ainsley Staub, “Steampunk Can,” Stoneware, glaze, 7 x 5 x 3 inches. Class of 2022, Binghamton, New York.

Sophia Sullivan

Sophia Sullivan, “The Reach,” High Fire Stone ware Clay with High Fire Glaze. Painted wood base with ink brush, n.d. 12th Grade, Binghamton, New York.”

Jennings Terrell

Jennings Terrell, “Time Spent at the Saw,” Stoneware, wood stain, 28.5 x 10.5 x 7 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Binghamton, New York.

Chloe Toon

Chloe Toon, “Ernesto,” Stoneware, underglaze, glaze, 8 x 8 inches. Class of 2022, Perrysburg, Ohio.

Mc Kenna Trimble

Mc Kenna Trimble, “Snail and Frog Teapot,” Ceramic, n.d. Class of 2023, Wildomar, California.

Jennifer Valencia

Jennifer Valencia, “Self Discovery,” Ceramic, 12 x 5 x 8 inches. Class of 2022, Hillsboro, Oregon.

Gracie Vanderpoel

Gracie Vanderpoel, “Splash,” Ceramic, paint, 8 x 4 inches. Class of 2023, Hillsboro, Oregon.

Isabelle Verdery

Isabelle Verdery, “Direction,” Ceramic, n.d. Class of 2023, Sherman Oaks, California.

Alina Williams

Alina Williams, “Serpiente,” Ceramic, underglaze, glaze, 9 x 5.5 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Venice, California.

Jensen Wilson

Jensen Wilson, “Mechanical Shark,” Ceramic, 16 x 10 x 5 inches. Class of 2023, Post Falls, Idaho.

Hannah Yared

Hannah Yared, “6,737-piece,” Stoneware, underglaze, glaze, 5 x 5 x 9 inches. Class of 2022, Winter Park, Florida.

Sydney Young

Sydney Young, “Crystal Shores,” Stoneware, glaze, 3.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 inches. Class of 2023, Redlands, California.

Nia Zenger

Nia Zenger, “The Feast,” Ceramic, acrylic paint, rat and mouse bones, squirrel foot, 9 x 9 x 1.5 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Hilllsboro, Oregon.

Liam Zvonik

Liam Zvonik, “Bitter Sweet,” Stoneware, glaze, 5 x 3 x 3 inches. Class of 2024/2025, Island Park, New York.

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