Potters Market features 10 artists from HFC
The Potters Market’s show hours are:
- Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
- Friday, Dec. 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Potters Market began as an Oakland Community College-Royal Oak Ceramics Class sale in the basement of a local church. It has since grown into the largest pottery-only art fair in the United States, according to HFC Faculty Chair of Fine and Performing Arts Steve Glazer, who teaches ceramics. Sales total in the $450,000 range each year.
HFC presence at Potters Market
Glazer is proud that 10 HFC alumni are participating in this year’s Potters Market. They are:
- Patricia Goodell – After earning her associate degree in Art Foundations from HFC, Goodell completed classwork at Eastern Michigan University. She is a Non-Instructional Adjunct (Ceramic Tech and Sisson Gallery Assistant) at HFC. She also teaches Community Education Ceramics classes at Schoolcraft College, where she is also a Ceramics Tech.
- Centurium “C” Frost – Frost earned his associate degree in Art Foundations from HFC and his bachelor of fine arts degree in Illustration from the College for Creative Studies. Currently, he is a Non-Instructional Adjunct (Ceramics Tech) at HFC in addition to being a potter. He is well known around Michigan for his “Detroit-themed” pottery.
- Kris Cravens – A retired businesswoman with a degree in Interior Design from EMU, Cravens has reinvented herself as full-time potter after taking ceramics classes at HFC. She is married to retired HFC instructor Pete Cravens.
- Irene Naida – A retired businesswoman who has reinvented herself as a semi-professional potter after taking ceramics classes at HFC.
- Diane Eberts – After retiring from the HFC Assisted Learning Services office, Eberts has reinvented herself as a semi-professional potter after taking ceramics classes at HFC.
- Michael George – After earning his associate degree in Art Foundations from HFC and his bachelor of fine arts degree in Ceramics and Art Education from EMU, George taught at St. Frances Cabrini High School in Allen Park until recently accepting a new position at Redford Union High School in Redford Township. In addition to being a teacher, he and his wife Tori also own Ram’s Head Craftworks in Dearborn. He insists that Tori should be counted as a recipient of an HFC education because his ceramics background is largely from HFC and he has been her only teacher.
- Erin Hoekzema – Originally, Hoekzema was studying criminal justice at the University of Michigan-Dearborn when she took a ceramics class at HFC with her boyfriend because it sounded like fun. She was hooked. Transferring to HFC, she studied ceramics and has since become a full-time production potter.
- America Aleman – After earning her associate degree in Art Foundations from HFC, Aleman recently returned to HFC to take additional classes. After teaching the past summer in Schoolcraft’s “Kids On Campus” program, Aleman has decided to pursue a career teaching art.
- Paige Deon – Deon graduated from HFC in late 2021, earning her associate degree in Studio Art. Currently, she is taking more ceramics classes at HFC to enhance her skills in becoming a full-time potter. At the age of 21, she started participating in major art fairs. This past summer, she was juried into the Crosby Festival of the Arts in Toledo, Plymouth Art in the Park, the Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair, and the Funky Ferndale Art Fair.
- Paul Latour – A retired Dearborn Heights art teacher, Latour took ceramics classes at HFC for personal enrichment for several years and is a now semi-professional production potter.
“In the heart and soul of the 10 individuals who are products of HFC ceramics classes, I am also participating,” said Glazer. “It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside knowing that so many of my students are taking part in this event that has become known throughout the Midwest.”
Admission to the Potters Market is free Dec. 2-4. Dec. 1 is Preview Night and there is a $10 charge. For questions or more information about the Potters Market, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.