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From 1,800 degree kilns to 3D printers: a ceramics teacher and his cutting edge classroom | Teachers' Lounge Podcast

On a brand-new Teachers’ Lounge Podcast, Tom Vician!

He’s a ceramics instructor at McHenry County College. I made the trip up to his classroom and studio where he gave me a tour. We talked about his life as an artist and his journey as an educator. He also showed off a selection of his and his students’ work that you can check out right here.

We’ve got sandblasters, glazes, pots, kilns, 3D printers and MORE here on Teachers’ Lounge!

If you’ve never listened to Teachers’ Lounge before, our show is based on an idea -- we’ve all had teachers in our lives who shaped who we are. And we want to hear about the teachers who inspired you or deserve a spotlight in your community. Every educator we have on this podcast, whether teacher, coach, counselor or professor, is nominated by our listeners.

So, tell us about the person who comes to your mind. Shoot us an email and nominate an educator at teacherslounge@niu.edu and they could be on the podcast! And please subscribe to our Teachers' Lounge newsletter right here where you can stay up to speed on the show and share stories you think we should cover!

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Educator in this episode: Tom Vician

Story featured in this episode:

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Music: Our show's theme music is from the northern Illinois-based band "Kindoves" and their songs "Popn," "Origins" and "Quiche." You can find more of their music on their Soundcloud page. You can also listen to the episode of WNIJ's own Sessions from Studio A where they were featured.

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Peter joins WNIJ as a graduate of North Central College. He is a native of Sandwich, Illinois.