UM student Ronnie Mejia makes pottery dinnerware set from scratch

Ronnie Mejia, a senior at the University of Mississippi is majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in art. On Oct. 22, she assembled a clay dinnerware set including a travel mug and a bowl with simple tools and her bare hands. Each item has a classic design and was made in the ceramics studio in Meek Hall room 127 over the course of three hours.

Ronnie said she makes pottery with the intention of utility.

“It feels good when people tell me the (pottery) I make is their favorite to use. I like to think that once they leave my possession, they’ll be used regularly,” she said.

Student Ronnie Mejia gets apron out of locker to wear in UM ceramics room. Stains and glazes line the shelf behind her.
Mejia crafts travel mug with clean lines using a potter’s wheel.
Mejia uses sharpened tool to carve wet clay bowl on the wheel. It is an additional item to pair with the mug.
Mejia picks up tool useful for trimming and carving.
Mejia places leftover clay onto plastic bag for future use. She finishes her dish set at approximately 8 p.m.