November 22, 2011
All lined up and hard on the wheel, Chuck Warner, Elan Hughes and Tilla Warner, are bent over their clay in concentration. Natalie Elliot listens as David Sanchez gives instruction on several methods of shaping the base with different tools before actually doing anything.
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“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.