Fine Arts Student of the Week: Throwing clay comes natural to sophomore

BHS student dreams to have a side job selling art in her future.

Brianna Seevers
Brainerd High School sophomore Brianna Seevers takes a moment to smile as she works with some clay on the pottery wheel. Seevers was named this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week for her work in pottery and painting. Jennifer Kraus / Brainerd Dispatch

Brianna Seevers

Grade: Sophomore

Age: 16.

Art focus: Brainerd High School Art — Pottery II and painting.

Adviser nomination: “It was an obvious choice to select Brianna Seevers as our Fine Art Student of the Week as her work graces a full shelf in our display case. Brianna is a very bright and talented student who is motivated to explore her own creative potential. Though we are only six weeks into the semester Brianna has already thrown eight plates, bowls and many cups on the potter's wheel. As an artist she strives to produce not only quickly but also very methodically. Her pieces look as if they were created by an expert potter. Brianna, who is a sophomore this year, is also very talented in Artist Books and Painting. We can’t wait to see what artwork she’ll produce in the coming years. Way to go Brianna Seevers!”


Memorable fine arts achievement: Receiving Student of the Semester from Mr. Joe Wagner in Introduction to visual arts class last year.

Artist most admired: Jon the Potter.

Other fine arts activities: none

Favorite art medium and why: I love watercolor because you can paint either super realistic or unrealistic or in a whimsical way. It just looks really pretty.

Proudest piece: Definitely the plates I’ve thrown in pottery, and my matching bowls. It turned out much better than I thought. I’m happy with how they turned out.

What did you learn in pottery: I learned the different techniques in hand-building the clay and how to work the clay on the pottery wheel, getting comfortable on the wheel. It didn't take me long to learn, it came very natural to me. I watched a lot of pottery videos of people throwing clay. ... I’ve always been interested in pottery. My grandpa did some pottery in college and a little as an adult. He didn't make me anything but when we went to grandma's house and cooked we put the food in the bowls he made. They were always so cool that he made them.

Working on right now: Making a set of jars and then I’m going to make a set of mugs to go along with the plates and bowls I made.

Does art come natural to you: Yes, and I love it a lot. You have to be in a good mood to be able to do pottery because if you’re not nothing will turn out.


What are you working on in painting: We are painting pictures from Polaroids from trips we have gone on. ... I am doing fall trees and mountains. It wasn’t from a picture I took, I saw them off the internet and I thought they were pretty.

Biggest challenge in art: Being creative. If you see someone else's piece and it is super cool and you want to do it, but you just can't because it is plagiarism. So you have to be creative and that can be challenging. I get my ideas and am inspired by other people’s art and I put my own twist on it.

How does creating art make you feel: I focus so hard that I forget everything else going on around me. So if something has me super stressed, I’ll do art. Then the art is all I think about and everything else going away.

Looking forward to: Throwing clay at the Franklin Arts Center this summer with my grandpa, Steve Seevers of Baxter.

Dream job: Anything in the medical field. I’m not sure yet, but I also want to have a side job selling my art.

Favorite movie: “To the Bone.”


Favorite TV show: “Gray’s Anatomy.”

Book you are reading: “My Sweet Angel” by John Glatt.

Favorite song: “Rescue” by Lauren Daigle.

Favorite band: 5 Seconds of Summer.

Favorite drink: I love to drink coffee, an iced mocha.

Favorite subject: Geometry.

Perfect meal: Steak.

Biggest pet peeve: Being ignored.


Sports/clubs: Just for Kix and the BHS Warrior dance team.

Pets: Four cats — Phoebe, Milo, Mittens and Luna.

Parents: Rebecca Blume and Reid Seevers, both of Brainerd.

What To Read Next
Get Local