Before her junior Field Work Term Mariam Shah ‘14 mostly concentrated her work in painting and drawing. For this visual arts student, "approaching
3D format in ceramics and sculpture was daunting." She explains, "Last
term I found myself disappointed in how little I felt I had
achieved as someone working with clay for two years. I had good ideas
but poor execution. I was still unfamiliar with the medium. But Field
changed everything. At The Potter’s Shop & School in Needham, MA, I
was fortunate enough to be given access to clay and time to make as much
work as I wanted."
It was in that time and space that she sculpted Richard the
Octopus— fine tuning details with dental tools, hand placing each
element, and ultimately finding a way to work with clay that rendered
exactly what she was after from the start, like drawing. "I understand
clay now," she says.
Field Work Term can be as much about making work as it is about
getting work. For many students, especially those studying in the
sciences, visual arts, and social sciences, their Junior Field Work Term
is about taking advantage of the time and space Field Work Term affords
to create their own work or conduct their own studies or pursue original research. For more Field Work Term stories, click here.