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9TheClayStudioatHMAHMAsClayStudiohasbeenbuzzingwithactivity.Artist-in-residenceKathleenKneafseyoverseestheclaystudioandkeepseveryoneontaskandeverythingrunningsmoothly.Itisabusyplacewhereaspiringartistsfindinspirationkidsexplorenewandexcitingchallengesandothersenjoyrefugefromdemandinglives.ClayClassesClayclassestakeplaceseveraltimesthroughouttheyearwithawiderangeofparticipantsincludinghomeschoolersandstudentsfromtheCabellCountyTalentedandGiftedprogram.Somepeopleenjoymakingpotsonapotterswheelwhileotherspreferhandbuilding.Beginnersthroughadvancedpottersarewelcomedandeveryoneisencouragedtoexploretheirownuniquecreativity.CabellWayneAssociationfortheBlindTheCabellWayneAssociationfortheBlindbringsindividualswhoareblindorvisuallyimpairedtothemuseumeveryyearforasix-weekclayclass.Theclassisalwaysfullandevenhasawaitinglist.Handlingclaytomakepotsandsculpturesisoneofthegroupsfavoriteactivities.HMAartist-in-residenceKathleenKneafseywithhelpfromfellowpottersunloadspotsfromagasfiring.Potsfromagasfiringareshownfinallycooledandreadyforunloading.Itisaboutan80-hourprocessforthegaskilntobeturnedonheattothemaximumtemperaturebeturnedoffandforthepotterytocooldownandbecomereadytobeunloaded.Clayclassparticipantsviewtheirhandmadepotteryattheendofasemester.Inthepottery-makingprocessitisusuallyseveralweeksfromthetimesomeonemakessomethingtothefinishedglazedproduct.Itsalwaysexcitingtoseethefinalresults.Joannwhoisvisuallyimpairedhasdevelopedanextraordinaryabilitytomakepotsonthepotterswheel.Sheisproudofheraccomplishmentsintheclaystudio.AnthonywasoneofseveralstudentsfromMarshallUniversitysLeadershipinMarketingclasstoparticipateinclaystudioactivities.HeisshownhelpingDorisglazeherpottery.Dorisisoneofthree90-year-oldparticipantsintheclayclass.TalentedandGiftedstudentsfromtheVillageofBarboursvilleandCentralCityElementaryschoolslearnhowtothrowonthepotterswheel.Thesethird-gradestudentstookpartinanextendedart-makingexperienceinHMAsstudios.