By Megan G. Razzetti
East Los Angeles College students started showcasing their ceramic creations yesterday in an event by the art department to help raise funds for the ceramics studio classes supplies.
The art department will take 20 percent of sales, while students keep the rest of what their artwork sells for.
Students are allowed to submit work to sell whether they are in the beginning classes or the most advanced. Teachers and advisers do not pick the artwork that is in the sales.
“Everyone and anyone in the studio is welcome to sell,” art major Fabiola Martin said. Martin is currently enrolled in ceramics 03, the most advanced class offered.
Ceramic artwork prices range from one dollar and more depending on how much students have priced their items.
According to Martin, even if students don’t sell their work, it gives them the opportunity to show their work like an exhibition.
While preparing for the sale, students went through a lengthy process of creating artwork.
Pieces are first sculpted in the ceramics studio in room S2-203.
Following the construction of the piece, the soft clay is wrapped in plastic and placed in a damp room where pieces dry slowly.
“Each piece is fired at different temperatures and settings,” art major Amanda Hernandez said.
According to Hernandez, drying alone can take up to a few days, so it was essential that participants of the sale meet specific deadlines.
Many of the pieces are then prepared for the kilns or large ovens by applying a wax glaze on the bottom of the piece.
This prevents them from sticking to the bottom of the shelves that are placed in the kilns.
Artists also use different colored glazes to get different finishes and designs to each piece.
Glaze can take up to a full 24 hours to dry before it can be fired in a kiln.
The ceramics sale starts at 10 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow in the P4 parking lot with many more pieces on display straight from the kiln.