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fire & ice

Good art is a full-body experience.

The Old Power Plant Ceramic Studio is a centuries-old building that was converted into a ceramic studio more than 40 years ago by artist/professor Marlene Jack. Inside, a half-dozen William & Mary students are bent over their potter's wheels, smocks spattered with clay, arms stained to the elbow, brows furrowed in singular concentration. Only one of them is a studio art major, but all of them will tell you how strangely satisfying it is to start with an idea — an intellectual ball of clay — and explore it with both their mind and their body.

At William & Mary, curiosity and creativity are two sides of the same lucky penny. We have such a vibrant arts scene because it feeds off of the energy of this intellectual power plant we call a campus. Students and faculty and visiting artists create works of sculpture, painting, music, film, theatre, poetry and dance that offer challenging new perspectives on our studies and ourselves. Isn't that why we came here in the first place?

Visit W&M and see what happens when you get your hands dirty.