Holiday pottery sale ideal for one-of-a-kind gifts

12/01/2009 12:11 PM

12/01/2009 12:32 PM

For shoppers in search of one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, check out the 29th annual holiday pottery sale at the Hugh Adams Central Campus of Broward College in Davie from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 2 and 3 . The sale is outdoors, in the breezeway between Bailey Hall and the art department. Proceeds benefit the college's ceramics department.

“One of the things I really like is that we have items from $2 to $9 so students can afford to buy things for their friends and family,” says John Foster, head of the ceramics department. “Last year we didn’t sell as much, even though I was pleased with the result in spite of what was happening with the economy. I feel we’ll do better this year than last year.''

There will be roughly 1,500 items to choose from, including vases, bowls, mugs, Christmas decorations, dinnerware, inspirational plaques, and three-dimensional sculptures like Noah with his ark of animals all made by current and former students of the college's pottery department, from teens to retirees.

Well-known artists with pieces for sale include Karen Labarga, known for her whimsical interpretations of Biblical and historical figures, and Klawdia Proia, who references her Haitian culture in lustrous tableware. Don Barnett, an artist from Plantation, is another long-time participant in the sale. A potters’ guild member since 1997, he will be represented this year by functional pottery including mugs, bowls, pitchers and other kitchen items.

“For so many potters, such as myself who continue to take classes, it’s an opportunity to sell,” says Barnett. “Anyone can participate at what ever price level they want. It’s an opportunity for buyers to get pottery at great prices for less than they would pay at a gallery. A certain percentage goes back to the guild for workshops, equipment, supplies and scholarships for aspiring ceramic students.”

Foster is hopeful about another development that may come to pass in January. “We’re supposed to break ground on a new art department on the west side of the college,” he says. “I hope that the funds we raise will help with the purchase of new equipment. We need a new front-loading electric kiln which costs $12,000 or $13,000. If we put up good seed money toward the purchase, it will help make the purchase happen.”

Broward College is at 3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie. For more information, call 954-201-6517.

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