Potters celebrate 10 years
Sculptures, coffee mugs, platters and Christmas ornaments were among the hand crafted ceramic items displayed at the Potters Market Nov. 15, 16, 17 and 18 at the Michigan Technical Education Center building.
The Potters Market is in its 10th year and features pieces of work created by SC4 students, faculty and guest artists.
This annual show is sponsored by the college’s department of Visual and Performing Arts.
Artist and SC4 Communications Professor, John Henry, had his work displayed in the show. Henry explained one of the reasons he chose to submit his work is the new creative ideas all the artists share.
“We always have a wild selection at our shows and share great ideas,” said Henry.
Henry said as an instructor he enjoys the opportunity to interact with SC4 students that have their work in the show. According to Henry, this year’s show had over 2000 pieces of work for prospective shoppers to choose from.
According to Celeste Skalnek, Visual and Performing Arts Adjunct Instructor and Interim Executive Coordinator of the Visual and Performing Arts Department, 15 percent of the net proceeds go to the SC4 ceramics program.
Skalnek said students that participate learn business skills by participating in the show. According to Skalnek, 400 people attended this year’s event.
“Sales reached $12,000.00, which is up 20 percent over last year,” replied Skalnek.
Skalnek said this was a juried show and that SC4 advanced pottery students were able to submit work for consideration. Skalnek would like to see students continue this learning experience.
Likewise, Henry said, “This is a good learning experience for the students, as well as for me.”
According to Skalnek, SC4 students got to meet professional potters and had the opportunity to experience a real good grasp of the work that’s involved in preparing for a show.
“It’s a perfect opportunity for our students to learn,” said Skalnek.