In today’s world of high-tech and computerized everything, creating art is often times overlooked. Sure, you can run a picture through photo editing software and generate an artistic scene, but for many artists there is nothing like making art by hand. And for one BT student, pottery is her form of art and creation.
Maria Starr, a senior at BT, has taken what was once a summer activity and turned it into a thriving pottery business. Her artwork has been shown in the Blessed Trinity Fine Art Show several times over the past several years, and she finds great pride in what she does. “It makes me so happy to have my artwork presented in the art show,” said Maria. “It helps me feel like what I did was good and worthy enough to be seen by others.”
During her sophomore year, Maria applied for the BTFAA summer scholarship from BT for her pottery- making abilities. “I had never heard of the scholarship before Ms. Mueller told me to apply for it,” explained Maria. “Receiving the scholarship helped pay for classes the Kennesaw Ben Robertson Community Center, it and also helped get my business off the ground.”
Maria jumped into the world of business by selling her craft at shows. Her first art show, excluding the annual one held at BT, was the Big Shanty in the spring of 2014. Maria set up a table with some old pottery she had made and that she was trying to get rid of. “I did pretty well at the Big Shanty, especially for only selling the pottery I had made as a beginner, so I decided to keep selling.”
Maria’s mother has supported her and helped her every step of the way. She got Maria into art when she was little and it has opened many doors for her in the future. “My mother and I make the pottery and when it is done I glaze all of it. We make sure everything is up to our standards to let others use,” said Maria. “I also try to find as many events that I can sell in, for example I sold pottery in the summer in my local farmer’s market every week.”
Her business is called Pottery of the Stars, and Maria shared that there is a funny story that goes with the name. “I wanted the business to have a French name so I asked my French teacher at the time for some help. She came up with the name ‘Potterie D’étolie’ so my first business cards had that on the front with the translation ‘Pottery of the Stars’ printed on the back,” Maria recalled. “Well I hadn’t realized this at first, but most people do not speak French so they only called it ‘Pottery of the Stars’ and I eventually dropped the French name.”
Maria enjoys other activities aside from pottery. She is part of many clubs at BT like Panorama, NHS, and she is vice president of NAHS. She is an announcer for BT’s broadcast team and she also sings in Music Ministry. Maria has also been singing in the adult choir at St. Catherine of Sienna.