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College ceramics students get lesson in old-school techniques

Posted at 10:38 PM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 14:42:14-04

Local college students went back in time Friday night to learn the old school way of ceramics.

Ceramics teacher Teri Brown organized a “primitive firing” event for her Cuesta and Cal Poly students.

The classes gathered together at the dog beach in Morro Bay and “fired” their ceramic pieces by using a bonfire.

Students brought their latest bisqued pieces for a final firing. To provide coloring during the final firing the students used natural items such as metal siding, horse manure, corn husks, coffee grounds, cobalt carbonate, salt, and seaweed.

The class is leaving the pieces on the beach overnight to mature.

Professor Teri Brown says she loves being able to offer her ceramic studio students from both colleges the opportunity to discover different firing techniques.