In the Loop
Student Stories : May 25, 2016

BFA Ceramics student Michelle Ettrick wins Huntley-Tidwell Scholarship

By Brandon McKinley

BFA Ceramics student Michelle Ettrick won the Huntley-Tidwell scholarship, which will allow her to participate in a program at the Penland School of Crafts.

This summer, Ettrick will be taking a class on volumetric image transfer taught by Forrest Lesch-Middelton. Students will combine form and surface as they explore techniques for integrating wheelthrowing and image transfers simultaneously to create uniquely decorative functional wares, according to the Penland School of Crafts website.

The scholarship will allow her to learn more about surface decorations that she said she can apply to some of her assignments.

Ettrick grew up in a community where art was not heavily emphasized. As a Black Latina, not many people are of her ethnic background, Ettrick said.  

She wants to become a ceramics artist and do workshops with the community.

Ettrick plans on bringing ceramics to children to expose them to something new and different. Ettrick said that she wants to leave the seed in their minds as they grow up that it is O.K. to make art.

Ettrick said she has the best mentor anybody could ask for: UF alumnus Charlie Cummings.

“Without his support and encouragement, I would not be at UF today,” she said.