In Focus with Annaliese Wise

Hailey Neely and McKenzie Stanhope, Reporters

Annaliese Wise was recognized for her dedication to the arts, specifically hand-thrown pottery. Having gone through some life-changing events and living in multiple places around the country, Annaliese uses pottery as a way to express herself. Let’s take a deeper look at her piece and what inspired it.

What kind of music do you listen to and why?

I listen to all genres, I think it makes you more aware. I think every song has meaning depending on who wrote it. It’s one thing that everyone can share how they feel or what they’re going through and other people somewhere in the world can get it.

What thing would you use to describe yourself and why?

Definitely my pottery for sure. I express myself through my pottery. Pottery shows that you can take something from nothing, just like a person can. I believe that everyone can succeed in life if they put in the effort. It really shows that no matter what has happened to something or someone, you can create something amazing out of it by changing it.

If you could go anywhere in the world with anyone, where you go, with whom, and why?

I would definitely go with my friends. Probably to Brazil or Europe and then honestly, I think it’d be really cool to go help people in a third-world country too. One of my friends was in Spanish Immersion School. So from preschool, they didn’t speak English to the kids. I just think that seeing that could be an amazing experience. 

What inspired your piece?

I was really inspired by organic shapes. So I was working on not the average flared-out style. I wanted to get something different. And then from this, I actually worked towards another bowl that goes in and out in multiple places.

What’s your preferred type of art to make?

Definitely wheel-throwing pottery. I do not draw. Honestly, I think a second grader could do better than me in a drawing class, 100 percent.

What mediums did you use to make your piece?

I usually use mid-high fire clays.

What was the process of creating this piece? How long did it take you to make it?

 This was probably one of the smaller things I’ve done, taking me about an hour. Throwing clay is like pulling it. You shape it when you pull it up on the wheel. You can make pretty cool stuff when using this method.

Where do you pull inspiration from?

Sometimes it just comes out of nowhere, but a lot of the time, I’m influenced by something I’ve seen outside of artwork. Maybe something on the street as I’m driving by. Stuff that you look at and you’re like oh, that’s interesting. And then you take your own spin on it and make something new.

How long have you been doing art?

I started this year.