Thanks to several donations, the Central Christian College Art Department will soon be able to offer courses in stained glass creation and ceramics, including flat building, pottery and sculpture.

Thanks to several donations, the Central Christian College Art Department will soon be able to offer courses in stained glass creation and ceramics, including flat building, pottery and sculpture.
“We’re growing in several directions,” art instructor Naomi Ullom said of the new classes.
Thanks to instruction by Al Henrion, CCC has offered stained glass as an interterm course for the past three years. With the upcoming donation of a glass and ceramics kiln by alums Henrion and his wife, Jody, along with their extensive support, CCC will soon be able to offer stained glass as a semester-length class.
“The kiln is the vital piece needed on site to melt the glass for jewelry and other works”, Ullom said. “It can also fire clay.”
The donation of the kiln spurred another in-kind offer. Kaye Shuck donated a raku kiln set up, two electric potter’s wheels and a lot of supplies to help start clay classes.
“And in the graphic arts vein, we were blessed to have the gift of a used large format printer from Salina Blueprint a few years ago,” Ullom said. The old printer has been invaluable in teaching students its use, but lacks interface capability with the new software and technology.
The benefits of having the printer have been the ability to enter exhibits and enhance student portfolios with art-quality prints of their work.
Although capacity has been limited due to the age of the printer, it opened the doors to what the department could do if the equipment were up to speed.
“Now that students have seen the benefits of what a high-quality large-format printer can do, there is no turning back,” Ullom said. “We’re fundraising for a 44-inch, 12-color, large-format Giclee printer with colorfast ink that will produce high-quality fine art prints.”
Ullom foresees benefits beyond those experienced thus far with the outdated unit.
“We can use it not only for the art students, but also as a source for some of the College’s printing, as well as the community at large. This would be a way for local artists to get their original works reproduced.”
Ullom said it also could provide print shop jobs for a couple of students, under the direction of adjunct instructor Shane Dawson.
Chris Gates, acting chair and program director for Central’s communications/arts department, is heading up the fundraising. The intent is to kick-start the campaign with an online appeal to alumni and other supporters through the college’s website. Donors will be able to choose a level of support and in return receive a thank-you gift linked to that level of giving. The items will include art prints, art T-shirts and other distinctive offerings generated by the CCC Art Department.
The link will soon be available via the CCC website. Information and updates also will be posted on the school’s Facebook page, Central Christian College. For more information or to donate directly, contact Chris Gates at chris.gates@centralchristian.edu.