The season for warm soup and hot drinks might be drawing to a close, but Laramie residents will have one more chance to find their favorite handcrafted ceramic bowl and fill it with some homemade recipes.
The UW Ceramic Art Guild — a collective of students passionate about pottery — plans to host its annual Cup and Bowl Sale on Wednesday in the Visual Arts Building.
“Normally, the students start setting up between 8-9 a.m.,” Professor of Ceramics Margaret Haydon said. “In the last few years, the work has all been gone before noon.”
Proceeds from the sale go to support the student artists as they travel to Pittsburgh for this year’s National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference.
Haydon said the conference is a highlight for ceramic art students, who get to meet other ceramicists — or “people of the mud” — from across the globe.
“All the colleges and universities around the United States go and bring their students who are interested in ceramics,” she said. “It’s great for the students because they get exposed to what’s happening in the field from both a national and an international standpoint, and they have a great time.”
There are 10 students producing work for the sale and planning to attend the conference.
“They’re mostly advanced students, though I try to bring in younger students as well,” Haydon said. “The guild kind of turns over, as you can imagine, because students graduate and leave and then we pull the younger ones in, so it’s kind of a revolving membership.”
Those who make it to the art sale in time will have the chance to support student artists, purchase something useful — and enjoy homemade food.
“For every bowl that somebody buys, we have soup,” Haydon said. “We have homemade soups, so if you buy a bowl, you can fill it for free with the soup that we make and bring. And if you buy a cup, you can fill it with coffee that we make, too.”
The ceramics students have been hard at work for quite a while, Haydon said, producing possibly 100 or more clayware pieces. While that’s a lot of clay — and a lot of work on the part of the students — the pieces will likely disappear in a matter of hours, she said.
“People love pottery,” Haydon said. “It’s a product people like to buy, which is great for us.”
The guild also hosts a silent auction in the fall which, like the cup and bowl sale, has been happening for nearly three decades and supports student travel expenses, lodging and conference fees.
“The auction is a much bigger deal that happens usually the first Thursday after Thanksgiving,” Haydon said. “It’s an evening thing and we provide all sorts of special food and music. It’s set up like a gallery. This is a little less of a formal affair.”
The sale starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the main lobby of the Visual Arts Building, and is free to the public. Email Haydon at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.