Members of the Southeastern Ceramics Club displayed an assortment of pots, jars, bowls and other kitchenware in front of the Student Union Tuesday morning during the organization’s 14th annual Christmas pottery sale.
Over 100 hand-painted pottery items of all shapes, sizes and colors were available for purchase. According to senior ceramics major Jessica Warner, ceramics students and faculty created each art piece on campus.
Dennis Sipiorski, head of ceramics, has supervised the seasonal sales for years, and he said students have always been interested in what the club has to offer.
“People like it because they can buy inexpensive Christmas gifts,” he said. “Additionally, they enjoy having a chance to meet and talk to the artists.”
Prices on items ranged from $1 to $100 depending on the size and quality of the piece. According to Sipiorski, proceeds from the sale go into an endowment fund to help operate the art department and provide opportunities for students.
Sipiorski said the sale also directly funds an annual $400 student scholarship offered specifically to ceramics majors.
Students who missed out on the Christmas sale will have other chances to purchase unique, handmade art pieces.
“A lot of what we do in Ceramics Club revolves around sales. When we have meetings, we discuss upcoming events,” Warner said. “We always have another sale during the spring, usually right before Mother’s Day.”
Warner said Ceramics Club also maintains a presence in the local community by making appearances at art events and farmers markets. She and Sipiorski plan to sell pottery pieces at the Covington Art Market this Saturday, Dec. 3.
According to Warner, Ceramics Club members occasionally bring pottery wheels to community events to teach children how to create their own pots, making the sales an interactive experience.