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Community through clay molds partnerships, friendships

Conexión San Angelo newsroom, Jim Sánchez

Ariel Bowman Ceramics Studio Manager/ Adult Education Outreach, spoke with Heather Kumpe, San Angelo Chamber of Commerce representative prior to a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the Concho Clay Studio.

SAN ANGELO – Ariel Bowman Ceramics Studio Manager, Adult Education Outreach, found a perfect partner in Howard College whose commitment to life-long learning mirrors that of Bowman’s mission which is to promote the education of ceramic artists, especially among young adults.

Bowman who represented her five staff members and ASU intern, took centerstage as she addressed attendees at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at the Concho Clay Studio adjacent to the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love Street.

“The second objective is to create community through clay, a material which is a very communal thing. Ceramic artists tend to be people who work well together, thus new friendships are formed through that communal process,” said Bowman.

Ariel’s bio on the SAMFA’s website states she earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2011. And a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida in 2018.

As a practicing ceramic artist, Ariel makes detailed animal sculptures out of clay. She also teaches wheel throwing, and hand -building techniques for functional pottery.

Registration is currently open for Ceramics workshops at SAMFA for the spring semester at the Studio in partnership with Howard College San Angelo. To register go to:

Or call Howard College at 325-481-8322.

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