Ceramics, A Way of Life
By Taylor Fullmer
Mr. Marshall is the new ceramics teacher this year at Copper Hills, and The Grizzly Growl has been quite curious as to the path he has taken life becoming a Grizzly. Clark Marshall was born on February 9, in American Fork Hospital at precisely 1:05 in the morning. He was also born three weeks early, which, he thinks, contributes to him being the hasty person he is today. He grew up in Highland until the age of six, when he then moved to Provo with his family. He attended Timpview High School, where he grew to love ceramics. He also enjoyed competitive rock climbing and being an influential part of his drumline team. Mr. Marshall stated, “All of my brothers have always been into art, so it was somewhat inherited.” He worked hard to get the pottery skills he has today, coming before and after school almost every day and coming in on weekends to work on projects.
After high school, Mr. Marshall completed his freshman year of college, but in between studying would spend nights with his friends going dancing and having a lot of fun. “That year was probably the most fun I have ever had in my life.” During that time, he even learned how to break-dance. He then served a two year religious internship in Rome, Italy. He enjoyed the people, the food, and the clothing and learned that he had a passion for learning foreign languages. Before coming to Copper Hills, he taught at Provo High, Skyview High, and Smithfield High and occasionally still teaches art history at Utah State.
Aside from teaching, Mr. Marshall loves to act. He has been in many independent films, and has earned outstanding roles in each film. He considers teaching being closely related to acting. He also sees teaching as an art itself, having to captivate an audience and keep them interested in a topic. He enjoys teaching students, rather than adults because of their open minds and he loves to see “lights turn on” as he teaches them a brand new subject. Mr. Marshall enjoys teaching at Copper Hills because he has very nice supplies and a great room to work with. The administration has also been very accommodating to the needs of the ceramics studio. When asked what one thing he has learned from his own experiences and would like to teach to students, he simply responded, “the idea of permanence.” He would like to extend his knowledge of pottery and how it can apply to students’ lives.