MONTVILLE, NJ - Eighty ceramics pieces by student artists were exhibited at the 4th Annual All Ceramics Invitational Exhibition, otherwise known as MUDD, at Montville Township High School on Tuesday, March 8. 

Artists from ten area high schools competed for top prizes in a four categories including Hand built Functional, Hand built Sculptural, Wheel Thrown Functional and Wheel Thrown Sculptural, as well as 1st, 2nd, 3rd & Honorable Mention was awarded in each category. Prizes in categories such as Best of Show was also awarded.

"I've been interested in art since I was very young and I more recently started in ceramics," Montville Township High School senior Christian Herman said. "My piece called 'Virtual Control' was inspired by virtual reality technology that is expected to come out soon. I like creating futuristic pieces."

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All entries were judged by ceramics professors from fine arts schools and colleges. This year’s judges included representatives from Kean University, Monmouth University, The Montclair Museum, Peters Valley School of Craft, Rowan University, SUNY New Paltz, Syracuse University and Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

In addition to the competition, all area student artists were encouraged to bring portfolios and meet with university representatives. In past years as much as $89,000 worth of scholarships have been awarded to the top artists competing at this event.

Schools participating included: Montville Township High School, Bergenfield High School, High Point Regional High School, Northern Highlands Regional High School, Paramus High School, Park Ridge High School, Randolph High School, Roxbury High School, Vernon High School and Wallkill Valley Regional High School.

Participating teachers from each school represented at MUDD 2016 were also asked to submit a piece of their own work for display only.

MUDD’s creator and organizer, Sharon Pflug-Moench, is a fine arts instructor at MTHS. Three of her own pieces were raffled at MUDD 2016 with proceeds helping defray the costs of hosting the event. 

"This exhibition has been a baby of mine that I've wanted to do for a long time," Pflug-Moench said. "There was such a great turnout this year with the students, university representatives and professors."

Following is a list of winners for MUDD 2016:

  • 1st Place & Best of Show – Hand built Sculptural - Alyssa Misyak – Wallkill Valley Reg. High School
  • 1st Place – Wheel Throwing - Sam Paluzzi – Northern Highlands Reg. High School
  • 1st Place  & Scholarship to Tyler School of Art at Temple University – Hand built Functional Madeleine Kuder – Paramus High School
  • 2nd Place – Hand Built Functional - Frances Neubauer – Roxbury High School
  • 2nd Place – Hand built Sculptural -  Tara Cartier – Vernon High School
  • 2nd Place – Wheel Throwing - Lucy Meyer - Northern Highlands Reg. High School
  • 3rd Place  & Scholarship to Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton NJ– Wheel Throwing – Alex Fass – Montville Township High School
  • 3rd Place – Hand built Functional – Zainab Karamat – Randolph High School
  • 3rd Place – Hand built Sculptural – Danielle Friedman – Paramus High School
  • Honorable Mention – Wheel Throwing – Nick Khalaf – Montville Township High School
  • Honorable Mention – Wheel Throwing – Hannah Safreed – Roxbury High School
  • Honorable Mention – Hand built Functional -  Allyson Mitchell – Randolph High School
  • Honorable Mention – Hand built Functional – Mackenzie Gibson – Wallkill Valley Regional High School
  • Honorable Mention – Hand built Sculptural – Alexandra M. Przbojewski - Wallkill Valley Regional High School
  • Honorable Mention – Hand built Sculptural – Aileen Bancroft – Vernon Township High School
  • Special Award – Handbuilt Sculptural – Sebastian Arzuaga – Bergenfield High school
  • Special Award – Handbuilt Functional – Rebecca Shukis – Roxbury High School
  • Special Award – Wheel Throwing – Yasmine Weiss – Northern Highlands Regional High School
  • Family Pass to Montclair Art Museum – Leanna Bacani – Roxbury High School
  • Family Pass to Montclair Art Museum – Hayden Woznicki – Vernon Township High School