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Empty Bowls

The Empty Bowls event on Friday, February 24th was, without doubt, the most successful Empty Bowls collaboration between the YWCA, the Kawartha Potters’ Guild, and the Woodturners Guild. 260 tickets were sold for the main event, and another 80+ for the Bowls To Go event.  There were so many requests for tickets that the YWCA cut off the tickets for food and a bowl and, instead, sold tickets at a lesser price for food only.    Our local M.P. and Minister for the Status of Women, Maryam Monsef attended the event as did Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett and his wife, Jewel.  The preliminary results show that the event raised $16,620.00. There were still some outstanding moneys to be collected, and the final results will be available at the wrap-up meeting when Nicole returns from a well-deserved vacation.

So many thanks are in order (and hopefully I haven’t missed anyone). To the volunteer Team Extraordinaire : Diane Hancock, Wendy Spencer, Jane Turner, and my sister Bodi – you were phenomenal,  In very short order you came up with a system that enabled us to get people through the line seamlessly (other than those who had a very difficult time choosing just the right bowl).  Our favourite comment of the day was the woman who exclaimed that choosing a bowl was as difficult as choosing nail polish! Thank you also to Suzanne Woods and Priya Harding (and our amazing techie Kristina) for the group event where we tried slip trailing on bisqued bowls.  And finally, thank you to all our members who responded to my not too subtle requests and generously donated bowls for the event.  The final array was pretty impressive, and a total of 195 pottery bowls and 100 wooden bowls were donated (for those of you doing the math the YWCA had some bowls left from previous events which supplemented the number required).

This important community event would not have happened without you.

Peterborough Garden Show

We had a great time participating in the Peterborough Garden Show this past weekend (April 8-10, 8 – 4pm at the Evinrude Centre). We demonstrate throwing and showing off some of what the Guild and the ACP can supply for one’s gardens.
Thank you to all that attended, and then came around to the gallery to shop!  We are happy to see everyone.

Fusion Conference 2016

FUSION Conference 2016
June 3 – 5
Chestnut Centre, University of Toronto
89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1R1

fusion2016FUSION is proud to present five Korean Master Potters from Icheon City, South Korea. Please join us for an inspirational weekend of hands-on workshops and presentations delivered by the Masters.

You may know them from the video that has been circulating on Facebook and YouTube: “5 South Korean Ceramic and Pottery Master Craftsmen, Show Off Their Skills”: Sorry this video is no longer available!

With over 400,000 views, these incredible artisans have become an internet sensation. FUSION is bringing them to Toronto to present a weekend participatory workshop where they will teach their forming and decorating techniques.This year’s workshops include unique tools from Korea for you to keep. Each participant will also be provided with sample pieces on which to explore the techniques demonstrated.

Everyone’s a winner!

We would like to thank everyone that attended our Christmas Show and Sale this year.  It was a huge success and we heard nice things about the giveaways (if you were lucky to get one) as well as the pottery for sale.

We had prizes for the potters and well as a door prize draw.  The winners of our own were:

  • Best Functional, Priya Harding – $100 gift certificate from PSH
  • Best Non-Functional, Linda Harris (3rd year in a row) – $100 KPG gift certificate
  • Best Newbie, Heather Brooks – $50 KPG gift certificate
  • People’s Choice Award, Bill Reddick (2nd year in a row) – $100 gift certificate from Tuckers

Congratulations!

The winners of the door prize were:

  • Dorothy Tuckerman
  • Doreen McDougall
  • Sonia Aviles

Congratulations to our three winners.  They each won a piece of pottery that was displayed during the sale.2015-group

Empty Bowls a huge success

$10,130.00 – Can You Believe it!……

2015-empty-bowlsThat is the final tally from Empty Bowls 2015. $10,130.00 will now be going directly into our community to support food security. From our accounting, the sale of tickets and bowls brought in $4,000.00. The results speak for themselves and in terms of community engagement Empty Bowls 2015 year was a winner!

Kudos to the YWCA for having the vision to grow this event, and sincere thanks to the members of our Guild and the Wood Turners’ Guild who donated approximately 175 bowls. We would also like to thank Lillian, Cathy, Dawn, Anne, Lorne, Dawn’s mother, Shelby and Pete who staffed our booth and transported pots on the day itself.

Tuckers Event

Our Saturday Clay Club had an outdoor excursion this past weekend.  A few of the members went to Tuckers Pottery in Richmond Hill to take part in the festivities and buy some supplies.  Cathy won a gift certificate for her throwing mastery (with a non-thrower).