Ceramics Classes Learn New Techniques, Sharpen Skills

The ceramics classes taught by Zoe Strecker this year are learning many different hands-on abilities. Students of Ceramics I have learned how to pinch and coil pots for different class projects. They have recently begun exploring the potter’s wheel, a device that has been in various forms for at least 5,000 years. At top, junior Ali Cahill sits at the wheel and pulls the clay walls upward and outward in order to make a functional bowl. Above, junior Allison Fender sponges off the wheel after throwing a pot to fulfill a class assignment of creating cylinders. Seniors Kat Gordon and Aja Price, right, study examples of glaze recipes to choose one to use on their own creations. The work of senior Ashley Perkins, middle right, sits on the shelf drying. The pieces are part of an assignment to create a functional tea set with cups, trays and containers for creamer and sugar. Perkins built these teapots using techniques learned from Ceramics I, carrying them over and honing them in Ceramics II.

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