By Heaven Gallagher
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – The Winter Fine Arts & Craft Sale took place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Atrium in the Connector Building on the Blackwood campus of Camden County College.

A fine arts and craft sale takes place each winter and spring at the college. The sale offers a variety of products that students and faculty can buy with either cash or credit. Students and alumni offer quilts, pottery, jewelry and trinkets.

A vendor displays wares at the fair. By Heaven Gallagher, CCC Journalism Program.

A vendor displays wares at the fair. By Heaven Gallagher, CCC Journalism Program.

The Dec. 4 sale included many different hand-crafted items being offered for purchase. One of the women selling her items caught the attention of quite a few people. The woman was selling jewelry, all which was hand crafted. She described selling her jewelry as being successful both in the winter and spring. Each piece of jewelry took four to eight hours to complete.

“I sell the jewelry at market price for the supplies; however, the prices change depending on what silver is going for on the market. In spring silver is cheaper so people get a better deal,” she said. “I also am willing to work with people.”

The woman, a student at Camden County College, was encouraged by her art teacher to pursue making jewelry. She has been making jewelry for eight years and has gone as far as North Jersey to take classes not offered at Camden County College. She said her jewelry teacher at the Blackwood campus was “dedicated to jewelry and asked many questions before encouraging me to take the next step.”

The table next to her had an assortment of pottery with items including jars, teapots and mini furniture. The pottery was all hand crafted and designed by the woman’s father, who has been making pottery for 30 years and has taken pottery classes at Camden County College.

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