Artist Frank Giorgini
worked with Shaker Junior High School students to create
a ceramic mural of New York State.
May 21, 2009 - For the second year in a row,
Shaker Junior High School students had the opportunity to work
with one of the most renowned ceramic artists in the United
View a photo gallery of his work with the students.
Frank Giorgini is an artist, designer, teacher and author who
lives in Upstate New York. He has designed ceramic tile murals
for New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and is
considered the designer of the modern Udu drum, which is a
traditional Nigerian drum made of clay with a hole in the side.
In 1985, a set of Udu drums he designed became a permanent part
of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Last year Shaker Junior High School students created their own
Udu drums under his guidance.
Giorgini worked with students for several days this spring to
design a ceramic mural of New York State. Each of the state's
counties is represented as a separate clay tile in the mural,
and each piece includes clay symbols that represent the
counties. For example, Saratoga County's tile has horses on it,
while the Albany County tile has the Shaker Bison logo, a star
to represent the state capital and the Empire State Plaza
Students conducted research to determine what symbols best
represented each county, and then they worked together to
design, carve, and add layers to the tiles, prior to treating
them with a natural patina finish.
The New York State mural will be unveiled at the junior high
school's Studio Art Reception on Wednesday, June 3 at 7 p.m. The
mural will be permanently installed in the school's front lobby.