January 28, 2015 (Kansas City, Kan.): On Wednesday, January 28 during Cyclone Time I had the opportunity to listen to ceramics professor, Tom Binger of the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI). This was part of Bishop Ward’s St. Albert the Great Science Lecture Series. Professor Binger showed us models of the kinetic sculptures he had done, and talked about them.
Besides teaching at KCAI, he also has a fabrication and manufacturing business on the side. He does welding and makes things with his own hands. If someone gave him a design on a napkin, then he could make it.
He talked about how he made the stars for the Plaza (the ones they have on the light poles.) During the World Series, they had him make the Royals’ crowns to put on the poles.
I can relate to the manufacturing and fabrications aspect. My dad has his own business. That is what he does for a living. My dad was also was really good in Ceramics, like Professor Binger.
I am really considering the Kansas City Art Institute as one of my colleges to which I want to apply. I always have loved art. I think I am good at it, too. This talk was very insightful about possible careers in the art field. I am so glad I went to it. I am going to encourage more students to go to these talks. It might be helpful to them, like it was for me. It was a great experience!