Tucked away on the far west side of campus, the Studio Arts Center houses the tools that make creative ideas a reality. One of these facilities is for clay. Giant kilns that reach thousands of degrees, glazes and colorful test tiles, long rows of benches and workstations where students turn lumps of clay into art. Nicholas Wood, art and art history professor, guides students of varying skill levels in a three-hour long studio class.

Clay is very alluring, clay senior Michelle Grier said. Grier was originally an art education major, but she made the switch after getting a taste of both throwing clay and teaching. 

The processes required to make a clay piece are long and sometimes tedious. Students help each other load kilns, offer advice and talk about their projects. But often the room is quiet and still, as everyone puts in their headphones and focuses on creating something lovely out of mud.

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