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Elan Hughes smooths her vessel as the potter's wheel spins without mercy.

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New instructor teaches ancient art of ceramics

“This is one of the oldest art forms that’s ever been or will be,” said David Sanchez, the ceramics instructor at Gila Community College (GCC). Evidence of pottery used as vessels dates from 16,000 B.C., according to a University of Cleveland Web site. Although ceramics can survive thousands of years buried in archaeological digs, Sanchez’s class follows the rule: “Don’t fall in love with a piece until both firings are done.” Even then, transporting the piece home could prove fatal, (one student dropped her vase in the parking lot). Once home, the piece could come crashing to the ground in an accident.

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