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UC Davis to house ceramic art exhibit

Student sculptures displayed at university

By Mike Thomas, sports editor
On April 26, 2014

Art students statewide will have their ceramic work showcased at the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Arts in UC Davis.
Twelve students from Contra Costa College will attend the three-day art conference starting on Thursday.
Half of the students going will have their ceramic art on display for other students from four-year university and junior college students in California to enjoy.
CCC students have attended this conference for the past four years, and since 2010 they have kept coming back. Art professor Jiaju Lu brings his students to the event to allow them to get a better perspective of art.
"This college has been going to this event for four years," Lu said. "Students can show off their work to professionals and get a better understanding of art."
The Associated Student Union had its hand in funding for the trip to UC Davis, so the 12 students going to the event did not have to pay for the trip.
The conference will have some workshops, and also some professional art will be showcased.
"This is like the next generation of ceramic arts," art student Ellen Sasaki said about the upcoming conference. "This is a huge deal because students get to see their work displayed by professionals."
The event is not a competition, but it is a conference where art students around the state can show off their work to other colleges.
Students will get to meet professional artists through workshops and it will be a place to network.
The attendees will be able to see a lot of ceramic work, art major Lawrence Buford said.
"This is their life's work and they get joy from that," he said.
Sasaki and art major Linda Lewis are two of the 12 going on the trip. Both want to take the opportunity to learn from professionals and their peers.
"I want to see my work come into context with all students coming from different campuses," Sasaki said.
Lewis said, "You get inspiration to see this type of work and you become amazed at what people do at these conferences."
English major Dalilah Carmagnola's art is one of six pieces representing CCC at the conference.
She crafted a blue and pink ceramic geometric flower with a coil vase as the base of the art. Carmagnola is thrilled that her piece is going to be displayed at the event, and can't wait to see what other colleges have to show at the conference.
"I'm excited that I am one of the students that is representing CCC," Carmagnola said. "I'm kind of excited to see what the other students have to show."
One of the biggest pieces for the event will be from Buford.
His piece is an enormous three dimensional head of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which is made of clay.
After some mishaps with his piece, the head looks exactly like the late civil rights leader. He got the idea from the fact that Dr. King spoke at CCC five years before his assassination.
"It took me a long time to make this piece. The base of the head even got cracked while making it," Buford said about the process of his masterpiece. "Martin Luther King visiting our college inspired me to do this project." 

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