Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Clay Club Returns to SEMO, students mold new craft

Monday, February 3, 2020

Students have been eagerly waiting for the day to join Southeast’s Clay Club, and after about a year of inactivity, the wait is over.

With the help of Professor of Ceramics Benji Heu, president of the Clay Club Bella Szabo was able to revamp and restructure the organization.

By creating an event on Facebook and advertising on the “Living at Southeast” Facebook page, the Clay Club was able to reach out to students who aspired to create ceramic projects.

Szabo is an Art BFA major with an emphasis on ceramics. She says she wanted to bring Clay Club back to give other students the opportunities she wishes she had when the Clay Club was inactive.

All are welcome, regardless of experience. Specifically for inexperienced members, the executive board will provide demos and videos to help them become more comfortable with techniques.

“It’s just so great because everybody who’s non-art majors can come in and work on clay,” Szabo said. “I know as a freshman, I didn’t have any clay classes and I was so upset because that’s what I want to do.”

Nicholas Mulholland, secretary of the club, said the goal is to give students an outlet for their creativity but also have the ability to make money from their work. He says there is a flat fee of $25 to join, and after, they take no fees from their profits.

“It allows people to be artistic but be functional while doing it — which is something that most people think artists can’t be,” Mulholland said.

Szabo said there are going to be plenty of opportunities to learn, sell artwork and have fun while doing it. They plan to have three to four ceramic sales this semester where members will have the chance to sell their work. These sales are organized for Valentine’s Day, Earth Day and a spring pop-up shop in March.

To make this organization unique, Szabo says all the profits members make will go directly to them. This is different for those who sell their pieces elsewhere because they have to pay percentages of their profits to hosts.

All of the clay is provided to members, and they will be working on projects at the Ceramics Studio at 835 Broadway St. Suite 100. Besides working in the studio, the club will be going on field trips for bonding and learning experiences.

For more information or to join, email