KIHS Visual Arts Teen of the Week—Scott Fuller

KENT ISLAND —Scott Fuller is Kent Island High’s (KIHS) Visual Arts “Teen of the Week”. His Visual Arts teacher, Laquel Nenno, nominated Scott for this honor and says he is “by far the best potter at KIHS right now.”

Scott’s high school art career started off virtual in a Fundamentals of Art class, and he found his niche when back to in-person learning in Ms. Nenno’s 3-D Studio Art II class. He has progressed all the way up into her Advanced Placement® (AP) 3-D Art and Design class and has been creating some amazing work this year.

“Scott has a very technical/engineering brain,” shared Nenno, “so he immediately fell in love with the perfection you gain from using the pottery wheel. He said that he loves the control you have over the clay while it’s spinning.”

Scott said that his favorite pottery technique is ‘trimming’, because “it creates a flow state of mind where he can just forget about the rest of the world.” Even though Scott loves the precision and control of the wheel, he says his favorite glazes are the unpredictable Jungle Gem series, “featuring tiny crystals in the glaze that create wild and random effects on the final pieces.”

“He is always striving to create larger and more difficult pieces. He became so obsessed that he was actually allowed to take a pottery wheel home with him over the summer to practice and is asking for pottery supplies for Christmas. Scott spends almost as much time in the 3-D Art Studio as I do,” said Nenno. She also said

Scott has achieved ‘celebrity status’ among the 3-D students, who are always amazed by what he creates, urging him to open up his own art studio called “Scott’s Pots” so he can share his talents with the rest of the world. 

Scott is a member of the Unified Baseball team and Tech Crew for the KIHS Theatre Department, in addition to the National Art Honor Society and National Math Honor Society. His other hobbies include tinkering with electronics at home and rollerblading. He plans to major in engineering in college, he has decided that he will only attend a university that has a ceramics program he can minor in as well. 

“Scott has always seen the world a little differently than others and he has a beautiful ability to analyze what he observes. I love that he has found this creative outlet. It allows him to challenge himself and grow one of the many talents that God has given him,” shared Scott’s mom, Catherine Beaton-Fuller.

His art teacher said, “It has been really great seeing Scott grow over these last couple of years—personally, and in his artwork. His entire AP Sustained Investigation (which is the production of a series of sequential visual artworks that explore a particular visual concern) is based on his anxious need to make everything perfect and the acceptance of finding beauty in the imperfect by purposefully destroying otherwise ‘perfect’ works of art.”

“Seeing his willingness to take risks and experiment is exciting for me as his teacher, because he wasn’t comfortable doing this when he first entered my class,” said Nenno. “Going from a student that used to stress and obsess about mistakes to actually saying ‘That’s ok, let’s see what happens’ was a huge step for him. That is the type of thinking and experimenting that will help take his art to the next level.”