Ceramics teacher Erica Leigh Caginalp curated a gratitude art show that opened in Suffield’s Legaré Library on May 17. The show which runs until the end of the year is an extension of her Clay It Forward long-term art project begun in 2016, which centers on community building and kindness. The now over 200 pieces (plates, cups, and bowls) individually thrown by Erica will be gifted to Suffield Academy faculty and staff members beginning on May 24.
“Each piece was made by me in our Tremaine Art Center’s pottery studio using only reclaimed clay,” explains Erica. “When students attempt a piece that does not work we add that clay to the recycle bucket where it renders itself back into usable clay. I thought this would be a great opportunity to use that clay and show appreciation for all the hard work done by our faculty and staff this year in keeping our school open and safe. We all played a vital role in this year’s success and it was remarkably challenging. I am grateful for this community and all the different people within it. This is my way of claying it forward.”