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Patrons to Explore Ceramics Department and Labs

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The Sierra College Patrons, a support group of the Sierra College Foundation, invites the public and those interested in becoming members of the organization to attend their May 2 meeting featuring a guided tour of Sierra Colleges prestigious ceramics department and lab facilities led by Department Chair Casey O'Connor.

Offering a variety of classes for art majors as well as those interested in ceramics as a career option, the Sierra College program offers a variety of classes focusing on sculpture and hand building techniques, throwing on the potters wheel, as well as the history of the medium through an exploration of primitive ceramics. A variety of firing techniques, such as Raku and gas kilns are also taught. The Sierra College Patrons have supported the Ceramics department since 1994 providing such equipment as a Sand Blaster; a Foundry Blast Furnace; a Spray Booth; a Ceramic Glaze mixer; and a variety of Potters Wheels. All purchases are designed to expand the experiences offered to students.

The meeting will be held on Monday, May 2 from 12:30–2:30 p.m. at the Sierra College Rocklin Campus in the Fireside Room located in the Campus Center (Building J). Lunch (which is optional) will be served at 12:30. The cost of the lunch is $11 and requires an RSVP. Please call Joan Edwards at 916-663-3408 by April 29. A tour of the Ceramics lab will immediately follow the business meeting. For those wanting a more comprehensive look at Sierra College Ceramics, a current exhibit in the college's Ridley Gallery features work by Faculty and students.

About the Sierra College Patrons

Formed in 1984, the Patrons provide financial support to the Arts and Humanities departments at Sierra College providing $5000 in grants each year. Grants are designed to directly affect students as much as possible. In addition, a $500 scholarship is awarded annually to a student in the arts including Music, Art and Drama. Three small awards of $50 each recognize outstanding students competing in the annual student art show. Further grants may be awarded during the year to enhance the services offered by academic departments. Since its inception, the Patrons Club has donated more than $300,000 to Sierra College affecting and improving all aspects of campus life.

Sierra College Rocklin Campus is located at 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, California 95677. There is a $3 parking fee on campus. Parking permits are available at machines located in each parking lot.

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