MSU Art Department Hosts Ceramics Sale for Mother’s Day

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — It’s been 16 years since the Mother’s Day Ceramics and Pottery Sale Project began in the Midwestern state with hopes of growing their program.

“It was not just a way for us to increase our budget, to increase the money coming in so we could do more and things better. It also made me realize that I could educate people about clay and ceramics. And now, 16 years later, I have regulars coming. They come and they collect special things that they’ve been collecting for half a decade,” ceramics teacher Steve Hilton said.

The sale features a range of pottery and carvings ranging from colorful to unique styles made by local artists.

“It’s done by myself, our continuing education students, some of my students, I have a guest artist program, so a bit much. There could be 150 different artists who are represented here,” said said Hilton.

For those wondering how long the process of making a ceramic takes, Hilton says it takes about a week.

“It takes about 45 seconds to throw it on the wheel and then I take it off and it dries out a bit. I have to cut the foot on the bottom and then we pull it the first time which takes about 24 hours and then I take it out, we put the glaze on the blue color and bake another 24 hours later, so start to finish, really, in real time, probably a week,” Hilton said.

Not only can shoppers take home a handmade Mother’s Day gift, but it allows MSU students to learn and pursue their passion for art.

“It allows my students to do more than just potties. It allows us to make some of the larger vessels you see here and it allows them to do unlimited things so our students have unlimited access to studio, clay, glaze and firing,” said Hilton.

The sale continues until Monday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the ceramic workshop of the Fain Fine Arts building.

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