On the scale of great advancements in human civilization, pottery lands pretty far up the list.
OK, so it doesn't have the blaze of fire or the wow factor of the wheel but when it comes to practicality, you can't beat a quality jug for carrying around water or storing food.
Somewhere along the way, potters realized they could make something beautiful as well as functional, and ceramics began a transition that led to the craft being considered an artform and pieces being sought after by collectors. Boise State University has been taking advantage of the popularity of pottery for nearly four decades with its annual Clay and Fire sale.
Over the course of the year, students, faculty and professional potters craft hundreds of pieces that are sold off during the annual sale at Boise State. Though pottery is less integral to hauling water and seed in modern society, artists continue to create sculpture, dishes and jewelry in a variety of styles and shapes--all offered on the cheap over three days at the Visual Arts Center.
And it's a win-win for the artists, too. Proceeds benefit Boise State's Visiting Artists in Ceramics program, which welcomes expert ceramicists to the campus to showcase their techniques for students and alumni.
While the sale lasts until Monday, Dec. 17, pottery fans know it's best to check out the first day: Saturday, Dec. 15. The university reminds visitors that fresh-from-the-kiln pieces may be available daily.