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About the Clay Club


Clay Club is a student organization for Ceramics students; students involved in Clay Club are intermediate and advanced level students. 

The mandate of Clay Club is:

  • Support Ceramics Studio events at Northwest such as visiting artists.
  • Support co-curricular activities beyond campus such as field trips to regional ceramics shows, symposia or lectures.
  • Support field trips to regional ceramic artists' studios and galleries.
  • Provide funding for NCECA Conference attendance. 
  • Clay club also gives Ceramics students the opportunity to sell their works to offset tuition and/or art materials costs.
  • Community service is in hosting an "Empty Bowls" fundraising dinner, which raises money for Maryville's food bank.

Art Show and Sale

The Clay Club hosts the Northwest Art Show and Sale along with the Art Association, at the end of the fall and spring semesters each year.  The Art Show and Sale is an established tradition at Northwest, giving students a chance to show off their best works from the semester, collaboratively put together a display of works with their peers from all studio areas, get together with the university community as well as the wider community outside of the University to appreciate student talent and accomplishment.  The Art Show and Sale is a two-day event, and all students from the Department of Art are encouraged to participate.  Paintings, Prints, Photos, Sculpture, Drawings, furniture, Ceramics are all displayed together.  The event is held in the lobby and studios of the Fire Arts Building, a large facility housing the Ceramics and Sculpture programs.  Clay Club members hold a very popular and well attended pottery sale in the ceramics studio during this event.  Proceeds from the pottery sale go both directly to Clay Club members participating in the sale (85%) and to the support of Clay Club activities (15%).


Recent Clay Club activities include:

  • February, 2010: The Second Annual "Empty Bowls" soup supper.  Proceeds were over $3,000 and were donated to the Ministry Center Pantry.   
  • Attendance of NCECA 2006 Conference Explorations and Navigations: The Resonance of Place in Portland, OR.
  • Attendance of NCECA 2008 Conference Confluence: Innovation, Community, Environment in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Symposium at the Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Symposium at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln: American Ceramics Then and Now, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery.
  • Field trip to Sedalia, MO to visit the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Field trip to visit Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO.
  • Field trip and tour of the studios of Jun Kaneko, Omaha, NE.
  • Field trip to the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE.
  • Visiting Artist Dale Pereira
  • Visiting Artist Samuel Hoffman: Wood-firing and Kiln Building.