Paul Scott, New American Scenery, 2019
Students are introduced to the work of contemporary artist Paul Scott who is inspired by historic traditions presenting landscapes of specific places and natural phenomena on ceramics.
They learn about how transferware is made and about its cultural context. Transferware plates by Scott are discussed as critiques of environmental and systemic racism in the Navajo nation and in Flint, Michigan. To think about their own town or city, students select an environmental health issue and its possible solutions to focus on and then design their own souvenir plate to envision a healthy future for all people in their town.