Posts Tagged 'clay'

From Today’s Lecturer: Protecting language diversity enriches humanity

From Today’s Lecturer: Protecting language diversity enriches humanity

When ideas go extinct, we all grow poorer. Half the world’s 7,000 languages now face extinction — a dramatic shift in human intellectual history. Our 21st-century world — replete with wondrous technologies — rests upon the foundation of all humankind’s prior wisdom and creativity. This human knowledge base is durable and, during 99 percent of human history, has been passed solely from mouth to ear. Yet it is fragile, mostly unwritten and vulnerable to forgetting.

A morning at the kilns with ceramics technician Giniewski

A morning at the kilns with ceramics technician Giniewski

Friday is a big firing day at the School of Art — firing as in filling a kiln with clay and letting it bake into a hardened ceramic piece. Classes run Monday to Friday at the school, and by Saturday the students have finished pieces. The hand-building ceramics instructor said “it’s like microwavable popcorn,” in regard to how fast the school manages to get work fired.