In high school I got a chance to do ceramics, thought it was without the wheel thing you were talking about. Mostly we worked with something that wasn't exactly mud (cleaner and more firm probably doo doo) and it was fun. That was the only art class that I ever liked. Though I wasn't that artistic, so I didn't manage to create anything unique like my classmates did (one created an Aerith in a wedding dress). Awesome stuff, especially after you paint it and put it in the kiln.