Raising funds with holiday fun and crafts


Spencer Batute

Ceramics instructional aide Nikki Vreeland crafting a piece.

Spencer Batute, @batutie_

Leave some room in your wallets and hearts this holiday — the Ceramics Department will hold a ceramics fundraiser during finals week.

Funds raised will go toward the ceramics department to help with equipment and maintenance, as well as the ceramics department’s annual spring conference at UC Davis where students have the opportunity to earn scholarships.

“We appreciate every sale, because it supports everything we do here. We support every little bit here,” said instructional aide Nikki Vreeland.

The items being sold are handcrafted by ceramics instructors and instructional aides. In the past, the department has sold mugs, plates, ornaments, trays, soap dishes, bowls and more.

“I love making cups. I like making things that get used,” said instructional aide Martin Guzman, who made six bowls which will be sold at the fundraiser.

Additionally, this is the first time in which the Ceramics Department has invited general LMC staff to help make products for the fundraiser. With an influx of new staff members this semester, ceramics professor Lucy Snow wanted to invite new faces in.

“We’re just trying to get them to know us a little bit,” said Snow.

The ceramics department has held many similar fundraisers in past semesters; they all have generally been successful.

“Sometimes, with so many things going on, it can be helpful to remember to just have some fun,” said Snow.

The fundraiser will be held Dec. 10 through 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the ceramics lab.