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Ceramics in the kiln

Contributed photo / Patrick Phillips

Ceramics in the kiln Contributed photo / Patrick Phillips

— Like colorful holiday sugar cookies, another kiln-load of student ceramic projects await removal after their fiery transformation. “My favorite part of these projects is the first opening of the kiln after it’s cooled down,” said Grangeville art teacher Patrick Phillips. “The projects go into the kiln pale in color with some glazes metamorphosing from red to green in the firing process. The projects have ranged from coil built vessels, to pinch-pots and sculptural animal whistles.” Phillips said nearly every grade has had the opportunity to work with clay; the 4/5 classes will get that opportunity in second semester. “Ceramics has been an exciting addition to my curricula at GEMS and GHS, just ask one of the kids bringing a project home,” he added.


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