Dan Janasz earned Best of Show and was one of 10 Elk River students collecting prizes at the annual Visual Arts Minnesota show currently on display in St. Cloud.
Janasz, a junior, was honored for a raku clay piece he calls “Trispire.” His design includes three dynamic, metallic-looking columns spiraling upward and supporting each other, actually nine pieces fused together.
He noted that the structure fell apart when firing the raku, but he was able to put it back together and the “the copper stand tired out amazing” along with the silver and gold on the edges.
Raku is used for a metallic look and is known for turning blackish when taken out of the kiln.
Earning first-places were Sam Larom in Drawing for his rendition of an elephant, Kyle Badger in Ceramics for a piece called “Reptilian Wrap,” and Scott Cable in Jewelry for a three-piece set, “Nickel and Copper Ring.”
Also cited were Nikita Skorykh and Morgan Pearson for second and third place in Ceramics; Samantha Weber and Molly Ilaug for second and third place in Jewelry; and Jessica Klutch for third place in Drawing.