In Campus Life on September 10, 2010 at 7:19 pm

By: Lauren Kirby

The kiln is used almost everyday in Ceramics class. Photo courtesy of Austin Hazen.

Over the past year, Fort Mill High has had to cut many elective classes. However, these cuts did lead to a few, new classes as well. One of the new electives this year is Ceramics. The course is taught by Mrs. Miller, who is one of the art teachers here at Fort Mill High School.

            For many students, this will be the first time working with pottery but certainly not for Mrs. Miller. She has been a potter, working on the wheel since 1990. It’s a good thing that she is so experienced because the course is very one-on-one with the teacher and students. The class will be offered twice next semester and has at least 30 students in each class. This also happens to be the only class in the art program that doesn’t require any prerequisites.

            So for all you students who have had art classes in the past either with Ms. Vokes or with Mrs. Miller, this is going to be a little different. When people think of Ceramics they often think of the pots already made and formed. This class is the opposite; instead, students begin with dirt and clay. Students will learn how to form the clay into objects, operate a wheel, and different techniques to master these.

            Once the clay object is made, the subject is will put it into a fire kiln which is used to turn the soft clay into a hard masterpiece. When the object has been fired, the next process is the fun part. Getting to paint the pottery and decorate it will probably be one of the most exciting parts of putting together the project as well as one of the easiest. The hands on class will keep students entertained by getting to work with different machinery through out the day. This course is a great pick for students of any grade. If you haven’t had the opportunity to work in an art classroom before now or maybe just want to try something new, then this should be one of the first picks for next year’s electives. This class will keep students hot. “I’m very excited about the course being offered; I think it’s going to be a great opportunity for the students,” Miller stated when asked about the class.

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