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Art students work with pottery

DCHS Journalism

By Sage Lohoefener

November 14, 2019

Oberlin’s art students have started a new adventure in making pottery on the school’s new pottery wheels, which they got with a grant. They have also been trying new firing techniques with the help of world-famous ceramic artist Linda Ganstrom, Fort Hays State ceramics professor and former teacher of Oberlin’s art instructor, Jillian Springer.


On Thursday, Nov. 7, Professor Ganstrom came to Decatur Community High School and spent the morning with all of the art students.


The students got to learn about the amazing works of art and accomplishments that Professor Ganstrom is known for around the world. The students then got to try out a new firing method where they wrapped the pots they made in organic material, salt, chemicals, and aluminum foil.


They then placed them in trash cans and let them burn until the next morning. Finally, the students got to watch as the artist showed them techniques they can use on the pottery wheel. She demonstrated how to make a bowl, plate, and a vase with a face on it.


“Watching Professor Ganstrom do a demonstration on the pottery wheel was really fun. It helped show me what I need to do better in my own work,” said senior art student Anna Carter. “It was a wonderful experience.”


“She taught us new techniques that we have never seen before,” said Eryn Freeman, senior art student.


Art teacher Jillian Springer said, “I thought this was a good way to open the kids up to a different style of art. We learned a new firing method with the trash can, and the kids had a lot of fun watching her work. It was good to see one of my past professors again and have her interact with my own students. It was a fun and educational day.”

Art students work with pottery

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