The William Floyd High School Art Department recently replaced their 40-year old ceramic kiln with a new large capacity, energy-efficient Skutt Production Kiln, which is designed to handle the rigorous volume of clay pieces produced by Studio in Ceramics and Studio in Sculpture students throughout the course of the school year.
The Skutt kiln has a new technology that controls the zones helping to maintain heat uniformity, which leads to a better firing of the clay. The Ceramics and Sculpture students learn the unique process of creating original three-dimensional objects.
“The emphasis of the properties of clay, forming the clay, and the functionality of their pieces, are only the beginning of what students learn in these courses,” said Theresa Bianco, Chairperson of Visual Arts, William Floyd School District. “They develop 21st century observational skills and problem solving techniques that are vital to all students even those who do not consider themselves to be artists.”