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Visiting potter presents to art students at MHS

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Professional ceramic artist Shumpei Yamaki presented workshops to students in art classes at Marshalltown High School on March 22.

Ceramic artist Shumpei Yamaki presented workshops throughout the day on Friday, March 22 to art students at Marshalltown High School. Yamaki was born in Japan and is currently a production potter based in West Branch, Iowa.

He will present an adult workshop at MHS on March 23. This is the fifth straight year MHS art instructor Kirk Niehouse has invited a visiting ceramic artist to Marshalltown and to MHS.

“By exposing students to different potters over the years they see different styles of work,” Niehouse said. “It’s bringing the art museum to them.”

Niehouse also hopes students learn more how art can be a career, not just a hobby.

“Art is not just something you do as a hobby, but it’s also a profession,” Niehouse said.