Marshall University’s Clay Club is having a general interest meeting Friday at 11 a.m. in the Art Warehouse Ceramic Studio. The Clay Club is a student organization at Marshall that focuses on the use of ceramics. The meeting will discuss “dates of events we have planned for this semester and even the spring semester” said Clay Club officer Courtney Childers. Childers is a senior ceramics major from Milton, West Virginia.
The topics that will be discussed include Clay Club sales, future club meetings, visiting artists and conferences for members to attend.
According to Childers, the club attends the annual National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts conference. The conference was previously held in Providence, Rhode Island but is moving to Kansas City, Kansas this year. “It was crazy to be surrounded by thousands of people who are all there because they are interested in this same material as you.” Childers said.
The club will be holding a demo by local ceramic artist, Noelle Horsefield, this semester as well.
Childers says the club exists for convenience. “Not everyone has time to take ceramic classes or declare a ceramic major but they still have an interest in clay or desire to learn more about a material that has limitless possibilities.” Childers said. The club is open to all majors and students at Marshall.
“It also promotes an insanely strong community within the studio, becoming a place for people to work together on individual or collaborative projects” Childers said.
Professor Frederick Bartolovic’s interest in clay has led him to become the Clay Club advisor. Bartolovic is an Assistant Professor in Ceramics at Marshall. According to his website, Bartolovic has works in geography, corporeal, entomology, hybrids and functional ceramics.
Bartolovic’s office is located in the Art Warehouse. The Art Warehouse is located across 3rd Avenue from the Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
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