A semester’s worth of work will result in the opportunity to buy beautiful, locally produced ceramics. West Virginia University will hold its semi-annual pottery sale April 15 and 16.

The sale will be held in the Douglas O. Blaney Lobby of the Creative Arts Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 15, and and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Undergraduate and graduate students in WVU’s School of Art & Design have been hard at work creating a line of table and kitchenware at the school’s production ceramics facility on Baker’s Ridge Road.

Students who pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in ceramics have to complete a semester’s work in the production facility, with six hours of coursework and six hours of independent work each week. In addition to learning the techniques of large-scale ceramics production, they get the opportunity to use the facility’s equipment on more personal work.

“We want to make sure our students have production skills,” said Kelly O’Briant, post-doctoral fellow in the ceramics program. “And we want to give them the opportunity to support their own educations.”

Proceeds from the twice-yearly sale of product from the facility go to support visiting artists and study abroad, and can be used to defray materials costs.

“There’s really not many other schools executing this kind of model to this level, representing the production side of things,” O’Briant said.



CONTACT: David Welsh, WVU College of Creative Arts
304.293.3397; David.Welsh@mail.wvu.edu

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