The St. Clair County Community College Potters Market returns for its 16th consecutive year on Thursday, Nov. 15, in the SC4 Welcome Center.
The annual event gives visitors the opportunity to explore and purchase one-of-a-kind pottery crafted by the college’s students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as guest artists. This year’s event will feature ceramic work from 24 different potters that is either hand-built or wheel-thrown.
The market offers a valuable networking opportunity for students and a unique shopping experience for members of the community. Students have the chance to meet with professional potters to discuss their processes and learn strategies to market their work, while others can get a jump on holiday shopping by browsing the jewelry, holiday ornaments and functional and structural pieces that will also be on display.
The Potters Market was started in 2003 by former student Celeste Skalnek, who now serves as director of college, cultural and alumni relations at SC4. Skalnek has been key to the event’s continued success for the last 16 years.
“In our first year, we sold just over $3,000 in pottery. Last year’s total was near $12,000,” Skalnek says. “The offerings are as varied as the local artists who make them, and the artists are donating 15 percent of their sales to support the arts at SC4, so it’s a great way to help bring unique cultural opportunities to our community.”
The Potters Market runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on its opening day and from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Nov. 18. The event is free and open to the public.
If you have questions or would like more information, contact Celeste Skalnek at email@example.com.