It is time again for the annual Potters Market Sale. This year marks the 36th annual event. The Potters Market is held annually the weekend following Thanksgiving. The Oakland Community College Potters Market will be held December 2-4, 2011 at the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Hall located at 876 Horace Brown Drive, Madison Heights. The show hours are: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free.
The Potters Market is unique because it enables advanced and former students of the Ceramic Technology program in Royal Oak to become involved in all aspects of planning, organizing, staffing, publicity, setup, record keeping and selling their eclectic ware at this extraordinary event. Many guest potters have been invited to participate.
The pottery sale features over 130 potters offering 40,000 pieces of pottery. The hand-crafted items include ornaments, jewelry, soap dispensers, lamps, teapots and so much more. Prices for pottery at the Potters Market range from $5 to $400. The sales floor includes three sales areas; The Main Floor, The Bulk Area and The Jewelry and Ornament Corner.
The Potters Market is the largest pottery sale of its kind in the country. Approximately 30,000 pieces of clay are sold each year. The sale features creations by former and present advanced students of OCC’s ceramic technology program and a number of guest potters.The sale fills every nook and cranny of the 12,000 square foot hall. To see a video showing the size of the market, watch the video at the Potters Market website.
This year’s pottery event will feature the work of well-known artists including Mary George of Shelby Township, Augie Paniagua of Birmingham, Bill Mandt of Southfield, Mary Manzitti of St. Clair Shores, Joe Opalinski of Holly, Patty Kelly of Romeo, and Eun Hee Lee of Rochester.
Over 8,000 clay lovers attend The Potters Market each year. At last year’s sale, 33,000 pieces of clay were sold. Every type of stoneware, porcelain, raku, and smoke-fired functional and non-functional ware can be found at the sale including tiles, cooking and serving vessels, mugs, tea pots, vases – large and small, tiled and mosaic tables, mirrors, shelves and picture frames, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, sculptures, and lawn decorations too.
The Ceramic Technology Program at OCC leads to an Associate in Applied Science Degree. The program is designed to provide an intensive experience in the production of clay products, their decoration, glaze and firing. The technology and skills learned provide a suitable foundation for the use of ceramics as a craft or art medium.
The OCC ceramics program provides opportunities for study at three uniquely different clay studios with experienced instructors committed to expanding the potential in each student.
Oriented toward persons who want to enrich their lives and increase their ceramic skills, the program can be pursued to:
- obtain professional pottery making skills
- earn art or humanities credit for transfer to a four-year university or art school
- earn an Associates Degree in Ceramic Technology (CER.AAS), or
- simply enjoy the excitement and satisfaction of working with clay