Pottery Sale preview
Nov29

Pottery Sale preview

Looking to get something unique and creative for the holiday season? Or maybe you just want to support local artists? Then you should check out the Christmas Pottery Sale, which will be located in Baugh Center for the Visual Arts on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The sixth annual Christmas Pottery Sale offers a chance to see and purchase some beautiful pottery made by students and faculty at UMHB. According to the campus website, the items for sale include mugs, bowls, vases and other useful pottery and art pieces. Professor David Hill has been teaching ceramics at UMHB for the past seven years. He is also the coordinator for the event. “After a year of teaching, [I] started the Christmas Pottery Sale in the fall of 2013,” Hill said. “It has grown every year since, and I’m very grateful for the support of our campus community each year.” Senior art education major Jessica Theilacker will participate in this event for the first time. Some of her work includes elegantly designed mugs and teapots, which she made using a tape resist glazing method. “I’m looking forward to all the people who will come to appreciate these functional pieces and hopefully purchase a few things,” Theilacker said. “A piece that is handcrafted with love and patience and used in someone’s everyday life is what the ultimate goal of making pottery is for me.” Hill also expressed what he appreciates most about the event, which allows for the community to be able to experience and witness the wonderful art the students and faculty have worked on. “My favorite aspect of the sale is getting a chance to share a little of what we do in the art department with the rest of UMHB’s students, faculty, staff and the Belton/Temple community at large,” Hill said. “If it weren’t for the sale, the unfortunate reality is that much of what the students make in class would end up in a dusty box in a closet or attic. We’d much rather these handmade artworks to be treasured and used by someone.” “Students should come to the Christmas Pottery Sale to see what their friends and peers are making in the art department as well as what they would have a chance to learn if they took one of our classes,” Hill said. “It is also a great opportunity to buy unique Christmas gifts for friends and...

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How to host a Christmas party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With Christmas only about five weeks away, it’s not too early to begin thinking about what to do for the season. To add a little pumpkin spice to your holly jolly Christmas, have you thought about having a party? Why not throw a Christmas party in your dorm or apartment? Because we’re college students and we have to be wary about spending money, it is important to make a budget. One way to be realistic about your budget and still create a jolly atmosphere is to “start with what’s most important when it comes to hosting a Christmas party: paper goods, main dishes, appetizers, desserts, (UMHB appropriate) drinks, decorations, and tablecloths” (daveramsey.com). The blog goes on to say that if you run out of money as you buy the items, you can avoid buying the decorations that don’t matter as much as the main attractions. For decorations, you can get a small Christmas tree that can fit inside your apartment. Make sure you check with your RA or RD about what kind of lights you can hang, but if you can, Christmas tree lights will really make your living room stand out. One source suggests that a fun and cheap way to get decorations is to make your own. Including your friends in the decoration process is another sure way to start a fun and successful Christmas party. Another suggestion is to plan classic holiday activities such as stringing popcorn and cranberry garlands, or cutting paper snowflakes (voices.dyouville.edu). After the decoration portion is done, next you would need to plan either to cook or buy food. Naomi Michaelson is a junior education major who has hosted a few Christmas parties on campus with her friends, and she agrees that food is an essential ingredient in planning a party. “I think we all know that, especially in college, the main way to get anyone to go to anything is food,” Michaelson said. “Food is a very important part of a party. I personally love themed snacks, especially for holiday parties.” Cookie decorating is always a good idea for a Christmas party. Allowing your guests to be a part of the experience is even better. Also, you can never go wrong with hot chocolate. Providing these kinds of traditional treats is a sure way to keep your guests in a cheerful mood. Now that the party is well under way and your guests have settled in, you should plan to bring out some more activities. Some ideas are: having a holiday movie marathon, holiday karaoke, and secret Santa or white elephant (hercampus.com). You...

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