The Southern Utah University Ceramics Guild held their annual fall sale to help raise funds for their program.
The sale took place from Wednesday, Nov. 30, to Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Sharwan Smith Student Center Living Room. Their initial fundraising goal was $1,000, but they surpassed that amount by raising a total of over $3,000 during the event.
The funds raised from the sale will go towards travel costs for group members hoping to attend the annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference later next year. The conference will take place on Mar. 15-18 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Guild has sent members to the conference using the funds from these sales since 2017.
$1,000 from the sale, as indicated in the group’s goal, will go towards sending the students to the conference. 70% of the remaining funds will also be sent back to the students who provided their work to be sold.
Breonna Perry, the current president of the Ceramics Guild, explained that the importance of students attending these conferences stems from the opportunity to adapt their art to what they see at these events.
“As artists in southern Utah, it can be difficult to connect with the greater American and international art communities,” Perry said. “This conference provides students with an opportunity to experience art outside of southern Utah while networking with artists from around the world and learning about the newest developments in ceramic materials, techniques and styles.”
Story and Photos by Luke McKenzie