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The purpose of the ECU Ceramics Guild is to provide students with practical experiences through guild sponsored sales, trips, workshops, and exhibitions. The Guild raises funds during the academic year and assists its members in attending professional conferences and summer residencies. The ECU Ceramics Guild strives to connect with the local and university community and helps raise awareness of the ceramic arts through these activities.

The Guild has also supported international artists-in-residents from St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; and Helsinki, Finland, and sponsored visiting artist workshops which have included Janet Mansfield, Brad Schwieger, Lana Wilson, John Neely, Setuo Watanabe, Susan Filley, Mark Burns, Hong-Ling Wee, Stephen Hill, Phyllis Kloda, Val Cushing, Samantha Henneke, Bruce Gholson, Tara Wilson, Norm Schulman, Lisa Clague, Don Reitz, Linda Christianson, Jack Troy, and many other professional clay artists.

The ECU Ceramics Guild has made contribution to charitable organizations such as Central Asia Institute to Promote and Support Literacy and Education in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Global Giving Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund and makes annual contribution to ECU Campus Living Empty Bowls, Carter Williams Caropreso Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness, and others.