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Pottery Sale raises money, awareness

By Cassidy Gooding, staff writer
On May 18, 2010

  • Careful selection — Student Pedro Perez explores the different crafts available for purchase at the Pottery Sale in the Art Building on May 6. The event was a fundraiser for the art department. Christian Soto / The Advocate

Anyone going into or out of the Art Building May 3-7 could not have missed the department's spring semester Pottery Sale.

Past the neon posters advertising the sale stood rows of tables displaying the wares in the building's courtyard.

All of the pottery for sale, including figurines, plates, plant holders, bowls, cups and mugs, pots and vases, was  handcrafted by students of the ceramics classes offered by Contra Costa College.

"The (proceeds) all go right back to the art department," ceramics student Grace Lin said. "(Most of) the things we don't sell go into storage for next time. And some of it we donate to other organizations."

These organizations vary, and include such destinations as the Transition Program, she said.

Lin said that there is a unique signature on each of the items, carved in or painted on by whichever student crafted it.

"It's a very therapeutic class," said Rosslin Fujisaka, a ceramics student who worked as a cashier on a couple of the days of the sale, wrapping and bagging the items students chose to buy. "Throughout the semester, we make different things that make up our grade at the end."

She said that many of the items on display were projects that had gotten high marks and were time-consuming to craft.

"The entire process (of creating a ceramic piece) takes about a week and a half," Fujisaka said. "One person does the form itself, and then a senior student does the carvings."

These carvings run intricately along many of the items.

"That takes a day," Fujisaka said. "Then they take days to dry. Then (a day) to glaze them. (Then) two to three days in the kiln."

Lin said she was slightly shocked that a large quantity of the wares, which had all been very difficult to create, sold for an average price of $2-$8.

The low prices, however, brought business, she said.

Handfuls of students moseyed through the aisles of pottery, many selecting one or two pieces and going to make their purchase.

Fujisaka guessed that profits this semester were good, and that business had been "pretty busy."

The sale not only ended up raising money, but also awareness for the ceramics classes themselves.

"I want to learn how to do these things," student Marcos Huerta said while browsing the display.

Fujisaka said that both students and retired professionals are enrolled in the class.

"For anyone who likes hands-on creativity," Fujisaka said, "it's perfect."

Contact Cassidy Gooding at cgooding.advocate@gmail.com


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