This holiday season, don’t miss out on your chance to take home a handcrafted masterpiece from an Albion College student. The students of the advanced ceramics course have made beautiful tea pots and bowls, immaculate vases, and stand-out mugs for sale.
These artists have spent countless hours in the studio making homemade glazes, refining their styles, and constructing their show pieces. Don’t miss your chance to grab a one-of-a-kind work of art that will suit your holiday gift-giving needs. The show will feature works perfect for that someone who likes to fill a distinctive mug with hot chocolate or coffee after a long day of skiing or sledding, or to fill a decorative plate with candies for your next family get-together.
Senior Alex Balavich, who is also a member of the Ford Institute, captain of the Dance Team, and member of Student Senate, explains what motivates the advanced ceramics students and tells about their products and processes. “Ceramics is a passion for us and we are a family in the studio,” Alex says. “We all come together to work on something we are passionate about and look forward to other students viewing and purchasing our work.” As she also notes, “This is on top of balancing a busy academic workload, clubs and being a normal college kid.”
As for the steps in making a world-class mug, Alex explains: “The first step is taking clay and kneading it on the workbench until it has the right consistency. We then throw it on spin table to make a cylinder, to establish the rough shape. After the rough shape has been made, we then trim the excess clay off of the bottom and add a handle. Typically once we are satisfied with our basic shape and texture on the mug itself, we place the mug into the kiln for six hours, which hardens the clay. Once the timer is done, we come up with our own glazes that we mix and create to use on our pieces. These glazes are then applied to our artwork to give it its color, style and finish. Once we have fully covered the mug in our glaze, we place it into the glaze kiln for 12 more hours. Creating a set of these special pieces takes about a week.”
Eight artists including Alex will be showcasing their artistic talents at the annual student-led annual holiday pottery sale, which will be held on November 30 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Kellogg Center living room. These artists have created hundreds of masterfully crafted items for this bi-annual sale.
Please come join us to celebrate their hard work this holiday season. We are sure you will find something special for everyone in the family. This year, credit cards will be accepted.
Photos by Jonah Bogarin.