• Justin Rives - Photography & Ceramics







    I have always had an interest in art. While studying art at Mississippi College, I developed a passion for pottery and photography. These mediums are very different and as a result, they satisfy very different needs. Art for me nurtures a God-given inner need to create. I have always preferred working with traditional photographic materials. I usually process my own black and white films and develop my own prints. I prefer working with medium and large format films due to their ability to be enlarged while maintaining image integrity. I would like to say that my personal aesthetic is sensitively simple and pure. When I become weary with photography, I sit down at the wheel and make some pottery. I enjoy making vessels of all shapes and sizes. Mugs, bowls, vases, teapots, and other creative vessels are all forms that I enjoy making. I usually try to create classically proportioned vessels that have some degree of whimsical flare.

    This is now my 16th year of teaching at Ridgeland High School. My goal is to foster a passion and appreciation for the visual arts in my students.


    UPDATE: 3.18.2020

    I hope everyone is doing well in the midst of this pandemic. My family and I are trying to stay home as much as possible. Wash your hands often and stay proactive with your health. I have begun to start putting together some assignments for distance learning. Students and parents can access my materials on canvas and my personal website ( Justinrives.com ). If you go to my website scroll to the very bottom of the home page. you will see a link to my assignments there. Students more familiar with canvas can complete assignments with canvas.

    I am available to assist students who would like to help or clarification through emails. I will be available for a quick response between 9:00 - 11:00 a.m and then after lunch between 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Please email me at Jrives@madison-schools.com .

    Hopefully, this will all be behind us all soon.