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« on: January 26, 2014 12:48:12 PM »

These past few years I've been wanting to sign up for a pottery class, it was actually one of last year's 50 projects to complete.  It's been a no-go this entire time so this time, I wondered if it was even worth dreaming of the impossible.  Which leads me to today...  A non-profit I volunteer for, Anti-Hunger Coalition, is preparing for its 3rd annual Empty Bowls fundraiser event by teaming up with the college's pottery class instructor.  Participants pay $25 for their ticket and choose a handmade bowl to eat amazing soup (prepared by local chefs) and bread from.  There is also a silent auction that takes place at the same time, and we fit all donated items into a bowl theme.  With 200 tickets being sold this year, plus the donation items, that's a lot of bowls to make!  And today, I got to take part in one of the pottery sessions!! 

This is absolutely a new medium to me, I've never done anything sculpting-related before, so I just went with it.  It took me about 4 1/2 hours, but here's what I came up with, in the order they were created:

We have Wednesday evening scheduled to sand and glaze but I don't know 100% if I can see my projects through to the end yet.  Still, I felt like sharing.   Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2014 11:10:31 PM »

what a wonderful gesture Smiley i love the two folded bowls at the bottom

« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2014 08:27:45 AM »

The third one is my favorite. Did you ever see it through to the end? I'm curious to see what the finished products looked like! When is the event?

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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2014 06:29:06 AM »

My husband and I are doing the same thing!  Yours came out great, I'd love to see them glazed, please post an update!

« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2014 09:48:39 AM »

I completely forgot to come back here..  Thanks for the kind words!

One of the organizers of the event (and potter) finished up my bowls for me.  Here they are:

I bought a ticket and ended up choosing this one at the organizers' request.  It was her favourite of all the 175 bowls made and said I'd be silly not to take it.  There were so many beautiful pieces to choose from and it was hard to decide but ultimately, I felt it would be a good souvenir as my first batch of pottery experiments.

Sadly, the origami started to crack before it was fired so the organizer had to do a lot of trimming to keep it pretty.  It's definitely not the end-result I was hoping for but unique in its own way.  =)

As soon as I can, I'd love to sign up for some classes!  I ended up going to Michael's today to get some Stonex clay for a swap project.  I'm not sure how it's going to turn out but considering I don't have access to a kiln, it's the best that can be done for now!

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