- THE MAGAZINE
One of my favorite articles from our Pottery Production Practices Sourcebook last year detailed the ceramic arts program developed by Lee Hazelgrove at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Va. (“Discovering a Passion for Ceramic Art”). Writes Scott Campbell, “The program initially sought to provide students with a beginner level experience with clay, including working on the wheel, hand building, decorating and glazing. Within the first few years, it had grown to a sequential curriculum incorporating intro level and advanced ceramics, advanced sculpture, 3-D design principals, and a junior-senior year intensive study in ceramics.” What exciting opportunities!
Programs such as this one provide students with a creative outlet that most will not likely find on their own. How many professional potters caught the clay bug in their middle or high school art programs? And how many potentially fantastic potters will miss out on their calling because their school system has reduced or even eliminated its art offerings?