New Equipment in Use in Art Department

BILOXI, Miss – Jean Benoit is excited about her ceramics class. She has new equipment that is producing beautiful art and students are thrilled to use it.

The school has purchased a slab roller.

“A slab roller processes clay into a consistent, even piece to work with. This allows are students to do hand building clay work, which is more architectural and sculptural,” said Benoit.

This equipment was, in part, made possible by a grant earned from our 2018-2019 Art III students and the Art in the Pass Association.

“This gives St. Patrick the nucleus for a first rate ceramics program. Our art honor society is hoping to take advantage of this and work towards establishing an Empty Bowls service project. Empty Bowls is a nationwide mission established by ceramicist. These are fundraising events for local food pantries or meal support organizations. Potters donate bowls that they have made, organizations sell tickets for a meal, and everyone gets to choose a bowl to keep as a memento,” said Benoit.

Students are already taking advantage of the roller creating some of the pieces pictured below. The students will be glazing the pieces this week and over the weekend, the pieces will be fired. Benoit reports that they will be cool enough to remove from the kiln Tuesday.




St. Patrick Catholic High School is a faith-based, college preparatory high school in Biloxi, Mississippi. Established in 2007, St. Patrick is the premier secondary educational institution in South Mississippi and strives each day to Educate Scholars, Train Disciples, and Support Champions. St. Patrick is proud to report a 100% college matriculation rate, ACT and SAT scores that far exceed the state and national averages, and a rich history of Catholic education founded in the traditional roots of our legacy schools of St. John High School, Mercy Cross High School, Notre Dame High School, and Sacred Heart Academy.