Buffalo Creek Boys School students learn through pottery

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ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) - “It’s the work for the goodness,” said 8th grader Brendan Brown as students loaded wood into a traditional kiln.

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Inside: hand-thrown pottery.

“It’s probably the hardest thing I’ve done," said Thaddeus Kendrick, 8th grader at Buffalo Creek Boys School. "And the most easy to mess up.”

It’s actually part of the curriculum at the school.

“They learn a lot in the classroom," explained Headmaster Lee Taylor, "And then they come down here to the pottery shop and they learn how to actually apply that and use some things they learned in the classroom.”

Lessons like math and physics and history.

“What the students are learning is how pottery has been made for centuries,” Taylor said.

The students dig the clay from the property grounds and fire the pots with wood they split and stacked.

“When you’re putting the wood in, you have to be thinking where to throw it right," Brown said. "Because if you don’t, you could hit the pots behind it or to the side of it.”

“It’s one of the funnest ones," Kendrick said of the pottery class. "'Cause we get to do the whole process.”

But the best lesson may well be learned during the whole project.

Taylor said, “To take a piece of dirt that you’ve dug out of the ground and turn it into something that you enjoy using.”

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