The SA+AH has a plethora of clubs for any interested student to take part in. This month we are proud to feature the UF Ceramics Club, better known as H.O.T. Clay, in an exclusive interview and club visit. Ariel Bowman, president of the Ceramics Club, detailed information about the organization from her studio space located on the ground floor of FAC.
When asked why Bowman liked this organization her answer was simple, the active nature of it all. H.O.T. Clay is not a club with static routines. There is always something interesting happening within the group’s activities. During Fall and Spring semesters participants host a sale of student work. Fifty percent of the proceeds go to the individual artist while the other half help to sponsor events. One part brings in nationally recognized visiting artists, such as their most recent guest Sam Harvey, that participate in both a lecture and studio visit. The visiting artists do a two-day demonstration of their building techniques that is free and open to the public. It is also an opportunity for current ceramics students to view the demonstrations and learn new techniques. A second part of the profit assists in sending members of the club to NCECA, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, where members gain networking experience, manage a table that recruits new students to the UF Ceramics department at all college levels, and host an alumni reception. The club also hosts a national juried ceramic exhibition featuring work from across the US. Like most of their famed events, this exhibit too incorporates nationally recognized guests fostering a professional environment for members to strengthen and learn applicable skills.
With so many big happenings one might think that there is little opportunity for community outreach and education, but such is not the case. Bowman describes the club’s mission as raising awareness for ceramic arts in the community and university spheres. The organization is able to do so through volunteer opportunities with institutions like the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, fundraising projects, and “makeathons”. This element of community engagement engenders a sense of a friendly, interactive energy noticeable in their biweekly meetings. Some gatherings may be more informational where others may have lessons for the aspiring ceramic artist, but the sense of togetherness is always present. The snacks, door prize, and animal puns at the end of the meetings don’t hurt either.
If you are interested in joining H.O.T. Clay or learning more, contact them via their Facebook page, email, or through Gator Connect. Better yet, attend their next meeting, sign up for their mailing list, or visit them at their next exhibition.
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