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Proud achievement: the Fontana, California high school ceramics program.

Nestled in the heart of Southern California is a high school ceramics program that is the equal to many offered at the collegiate level. Ceramics teacher, Ben Barnes, has taken the ceramics program at Fontana High School from meager beginnings (a small kiln and three wheels) and built it into an impressive operation.

On campus, the ceramics classroom is a hub of activity and enthusiasm. Through Mr. Barnes' efforts and with district support, he has fashioned a ceramics facility that houses two 31-cubic-foot gas kilns, one 12-cubic-foot electric kiln, various smaller size electric test kilns, 20 motorized wheels, and a pugmill.

The students create wheel-thrown utilitarian ware, hand-built ware, and sculptural works. Selected students receive a knowledge of glaze technology and firing techniques. The glaze firings are to cone 10 using a deflocculated glaze recipe for practical purposes. Emphasis is placed on opportunities for students to exhibit their works in the school and community.

Dan August is an art and ceramics instructor at Fontana High School. Fontana, California.
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Title Annotation:Showcase
Author:August, Dan
Publication:School Arts
Date:Jan 1, 1991
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