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A classroom assignment resulted in two undergraduate art students having their ceramic work published in a new book "500 Pitchers: Contemporary Expressions of a Classic Form."

Lark Publishing released the book in May as part of its nationally distributed series of art books. Tanya Mercado Lang, an Art Education graduate from Virginia Beach and Rachel Delk, a senior graphic design major from Smithfield, each submitted work to the highly competitive "500 series" along with all their classmates at the request of Art Department Asst. Professor Richard Nickel.

"We had an assignment to make a pitcher. Then we took photographs and submitted them to the publisher last year," Delk said. "It didn't seem real when I got accepted until I was in Barnes & Noble and there it was. The book was right there on display and I was so excited. My mom bought five copies." Delk took the ceramics course as an elective. The graphic artist was surprised to find she had a natural aptitude for the medium.

Lang however plans to teach while preparing to open her own ceramics shop in the future. "I love working with clay," she said. "That's my thing. I haven't even seen the book yet, but I keep the pitcher on my dresser. It's such a tiny piece, but I think it's beautiful."

This article was posted on: June 8, 2006

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