Today is a Statutory Holiday in Canada "Family Day". Well for the keener students at Sheridan today was a day to load the wood kiln. I went in to help out. It's hard to keep the pyromaniacs away. A wood firing is so essential to ceramic education. Not even a century ago all our ceramics were fired with coal or wood. So there is the opportunity to teach Ceramic Art History, to teach aesthetics, to teach combustion, to teach team work, hard work, discipline, punctuality, but most importantly the importance of a pot luck after the firing. Jenny brought in Valentine cupcakes for all the helpers. I have been told the quality of a ceramics program can be judged by the quality of the food served.