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Nicholls Ceramic Club hosts annual Potter Sale for over 20 years

November 29, 2018


Graphic by Jessica Mouton

Nicholls Ceramic Club began its annual pottery sale for the Christmas season Wednesday and is scheduled to continue until Friday near the back entrance of Talbot Hall.

Those interested in the Potter Sale have between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m on Thursday and Friday to make purchases.

Jeff Brown, associate professor of art, said the sale consists of pottery, prints, paintings, jewelry and a wide range of other art pieces.

Brown said that over the 20 years the event has been taking place, it has come to be a pretty big deal in the community.

He said he expects a large turnout, as people come and go, leaving with different purchases. It used to be just clay pieces sold, but the department has broadened it up to other pieces.

Items are sold from around $2 to $5 for small pieces, all the way up to more than $200 for larger, more detailed works.

Brown said the funds go toward buying equipment, visiting artists, award money and for students to attend conferences and other events. Brown said the sales benefit not only the ceramics area but the art department as a whole.

Brown said there are about 20 artists displaying their work, and among them are student work, alumni work and a few community members that have been associated with Nicholls.

One student-organized set up consisted of items from the Graphic Design Student Association.

“Everything is designed by our students,” said Kayla Landry, member of the association. “Pretty much, we just got together one weekend, and we made everything from scratch.”

They displayed screen printed t-shirts with support for Nicholls Colonels, handmade stationery cards, bags and monogram letters.

Nicholls alum Colleen Shannon said she watched as people admired her style of artwork. Being from Morgan City, Shannon said she likes to embody her heritage into her artwork using seafood and the Cajun lifestyle as inspiration for her block prints.

“Since I was a student here, I started showing at this sale and have been coming every year since,” Shannon said.

Currently, she is a Jackson Square artist and mainly sells her work in New Orleans.

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