Ceramics professor Jim Budde started teaching at Boise State in 1994. But he says the department's twice-yearly Clay and Fire sale goes back even further. So far back he doesn't even know when it started (Boise State's website says about 40 years ago).
But what he does know is that it's the place to get screaming deals on all things potted. Anything from sculpture to dishes to artwork, even jewelry.
"If you had a good eye, you can go through that thing and pick out some fantastic work for very little money," said Budde. "There's some pieces I regret not buying. There's some work where the students don't even know how good it is."
In addition to hundreds of pieces by faculty and primarily upper-division students, the sale features alumni of the program, many of whom are now professional potters but return to this sale because Boise State takes a smaller cut than the gallery would.
It's an even better deal for them since the proceeds fund visiting artists programs and workshops, which are free for alumni to attend.
Between the free workshops, the great deals and the chance for up-and-coming students to get their work out there, this really is the rare moment when everybody wins.
The sale will go on until Monday, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m. But if you're any sort of pottery fan at all, you'll want to get there right at the start on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. sharp.