WU potters throw down

WATUP Potters’ Eleanor Heimbaugh, president of the Washburn Art Team of United Potters, throws clay. WATUP provides clay free to students and opportunities to grow in ceramic arts.

Some who see their signs on campus walls may immediately question what the organization WATUP does.

Washburn Art Team of United Potters is an organization consisting of ceramic enthusiasts from a variety of backgrounds. 

“The purpose is to communicate the potentials and importance of ceramics to other students and community members,” said Eleanor Heimbaugh, president of WATUP.           

WATUP also provides funding opportunities for serious members to attend conferences, workshops and demonstrations. Examples include the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, which is held March 28-31 in Seattle, Wash.

 “The conference will also provide a new networking and learning environment to help enhance student perspectives and connections within the ceramics world,” said Heimbaugh.

 The conference immerses students in educational and inspirational material relating to the ceramic arts. It also allows students to be able to have hands on experiences. 

These experiences include lectures, gallery exhibitions and hands-on activities.

“The organization allows you to use clay and create pottery and the club provides the clay free,” said Rachael Johnson, member of WATUP and senior.

Johnson also said WATUP has several events throughout the community and here on Washburn campus.

“The organization has some upcoming events starting March 2, which will teach people how to build a pot on the wheel,” said Johnson.

WATUP will host the event from 4 to 7 p.m. on March 2. The organization also host pottery sales throughout the community,

 “If you have a love for pottery or like to play with clay this organization is the right one for you,” said Johnson.

WATUP has meetings on the first the Friday of each month at 2:30 p.m. in the Art Building Room 130. WATUP, also invites everyone to their Biannual Throwing.

 The organization hosts the events to teach others how to build and make clay, said Johnson.

“We would also like to thank all those who participate in and support our biannual pottery sales and Throwing Nights,” said Heimbaugh.