Fine Arts Student of the Week: Senior takes chance on pottery

Advisers in the fine arts programs at Brainerd High School name a Fine Arts Student of the Week every week.

Fine Arts Student/pottery
Brainerd High School senior Anders Hoffman pauses to smile while he works on his bowl in pottery class. Jennifer Kraus / Brainerd Dispatch

Anders Hoffman

Grade: Senior.

Age: 17.

Art focus: Brainerd High School pottery.

Adviser nomination: “Anders is a senior pottery student. I first met Anders last year in another pottery class I was teaching. He started off the year commenting he didn't really have any artistic talent. Project after project, he continued to prove himself wrong. The same continues this semester in Pottery. Anders has an excellent eye for detail and continues to produce uniquely creative pieces.”


Memorable fine arts achievement: “I made a bowl in my pottery class and I made it with two types of clay I marbled, rolled it out and I was really happy with the results.

Artist most admired: “My girlfriend Lillian Pringle. She does oil paintings. She is homeschooled and lives in Brainerd.”

Other fine arts activities: None.

Why did you feel you didn’t have any artistic talent? “I have never taken any art classes before, other than I would doodle and sketch, but I was never ever really good at that. I didn’t think I would be any good at making anything with my hands. But as the class went on, I started to enjoy it.

“I chose this class after I saw it in the high school category of classes. My mom wanted me to take an art class and I needed it for graduation. I took pottery because it was something different to try out. I’ve taken Pottery 1 and 2. … At home, I tried to do a little bit of carpentry to make an end table for my mom. I also had these electronic kits as a kid. You hook up wires and it’d light up, I did a lot of that kind of stuff, so yeah I like to work with my hands.”

What drew you to wanting to learn art? “I wanted to make something for my mom. My sister was in pottery when she was a junior. We were all homeschooled at one point and she made some really cool stuff for my mom, so I decided to try it out.”

When did you start going to public school? “I was in eighth grade when I entered Forestview Middle School. I have 12 siblings and I am right in the middle, the middle child. Having a big family means it is crazy and loud -- you are never lonely. But it is starting to quiet down some as some of the older ones are not at home anymore. The oldest sibling is 27 and the youngest is 5.”

What do you hope you achieve by the year’s end? “I’d like to be able to make things for myself when I move out. There are some studios you can go to in Brainerd where you can go and make stuff. I want to make things for my (future) house. A set of dishes or something.”


Toughest thing to learn: “Time management. It’s not super, super precise, but clay dries out after time. You have to plan it out, you have to shape it and there are different things you can do with clay. You have to try to time it because of how long it takes for the clay to dry. If you leave it out in the air it will get dry faster. … To slow (down the clay drying process) we wrap it in a bag and put in the locker overnight.”

After high school plans: “I want to take a one- or two-year break to make money. I’m not sure what I want to do for a career. I work at Pampered Pets, a boarding and day care for dogs. I like dogs. We had three dogs, but when my sisters moved out they took two of the dogs. So we have one dog at home, his name is Boots. He is a chihuahua and Shih Tzu mix.

Favorite subject: “Pottery or computer science. My worst subject is math.”

Favorite movie: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

Favorite TV show: “The Office.”

Book reading right now: “The Maze Runner.”

Favorite genre of music: “I like ‘80s music a lot. I do like ‘Farther Along’ by Josh Garrels.”

Favorite restaurant: Chipotle.


Sports/clubs: None.

Big family outings: “We go to the Como Zoo a lot. We meet our grandparents there. We love animals.”

Favorite animal: Domestic dog or a koala bear.

Biggest pet peeve: “People who chew with their mouth open.”

Parents: Curt and Kate Hoffman of Brainerd.

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