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 15th year of teaching at Ridgeland High School. My goal is to foster a passion and appreciation for the visual arts in my students.