Lil Muddy’s Fun Bunch, a USF ceramics club, is hosting its annual art and pottery spring sale this week (from Feb. 13-15). The club is selling its work in the art department courtyard.
Vases, cups, sushi plates, bowls and brush holders stretch across three tables. The eclectic gathering of shapes, colors and styles from one piece to another is as varied as the crowd of more than 15 students and faculty browsing and buying. Even though the handmade ceramics are all original works, they’re priced very reasonably, ranging from $5 to $20.
David Waterman, head of security for the Contemporary Arts Museum, bought a $5 piece on his lunch break.
“I don’t have more cash or I would buy more,” Waterman said. “It’s beautiful stuff. I look for it every time it comes around.”
Lil Muddy’s Fun Bunch consists of about 20 students who meet on Fridays to learn, teach, sculpt and experiment with clay. Money raised from the three-day pottery sale will be going toward a club member’s trip to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, which is hosted in Seattle during the last weekend in March.
The number of attendees who receive a financed trip is limited to the earnings the club makes during each of these sales. Daniela Mora, a junior majoring in studio art, attended the conference last year and is the club’s vice president.
“The club members with the most points receive the funding,” Mora said. “Members gain points from cashiering at these events, attending meetings and making guide books on firing and glazing pottery.”
Christina Pena, also a junior majoring in studio art, was earning Lil Muddy’s points today for watching over sales. After each purchase is made, Pena takes the price marker off the ceramic and places it on a student’s card. By 2 p.m., less than three hours into the sale, Pena tells Mora that her rainbow glazed work had sold more than anyone else’s.
The sale is open February 13-15 in the art department courtyard from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.