Art student excited about next steps

May 6th, 2013 Comments Off on Art student excited about next steps

April Shelby at the reception for her senior thesis work.

April Shelby’s thesis work

Last summer, April Shelby decided to start a Facebook page to post pictures of her artwork.

“That generated a lot of interest, and I was surprised to find out that people were actually interested in the work I do,” the soon-to-be ceramics graduate from the Florence said.

Since then, Shelby has stayed busy creating pieces for sale and working on her thesis body of work.

“Last semester was a really big one,” she said.

Shelby was honored when she was selected by her professors to win a pottery wheel at the 41st MSU Juried Student Art Exhibition. She also recently received a grant from the Entrepreneurship Center that provided the funds to purchase a kiln, which has been ordered and should arrive any day.

“I’m just waiting on that phone call,” she said.

The artist gives credit to her professors and the Department of Art for helping prepare her for a career in art. She said studio assistant Michelle Neumann and Professor Robert Long were always available to help her with art and even to offer advice about working as an artist in general.

“My thesis also really taught me to become a dedicated studio artist and put forth the effort and work every day on a particular goal,” said Shelby.

She also says she could have never pursued her love of art without the constant support of her family.

“They’ve always believed in me, even when I’ve doubted myself,” she said.

Shelby said her next big purchase will be a building, and she’d like to start making as much work as possible to sell in stores and more sculptural work for galleries.

“I’m just excited to have my own equipment and make what I want to make,” she said.

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