Thursday, April 14, 2016

Throwing Bowls

Like many potters, Jeff and I have always supported Empty Bowls. I am sure you all know the premise; potters donate bowls, restaurants donate soup, people come to the event and purchase a bowl that is then filled with soup. All funds raised support agencies that feed the hungry in your community. Since moving to North Carolina, we have been donating to an agency that has a very large Empty Bowls fundraiser each spring. This year they contacted us to make 50 bowls for them. They will pay for a portion of the bowls and we donate the rest.

Since Jeff is the production potter in this studio, the throwing of the 50 bowls was left to him. If I were doing the throwing, we would have had to start a week earlier! He is able to throw a soup bowl that needs no trimming. Yesterday was the day he got them all done.

He wheeled a ware cart out into the driveway to allow for quick drying. I kept a watchful eye on them, thumbing smooth the foot and stamping with Jeff's chop and his Empty Bowls chop as soon as they were stiff enough. Tonight he is loading them into the kiln for the bisque firing. Our glaze plan should go quickly as well as fun to do. More on that next week!

9 comments:

  1. I can't believe how quick you can do a bisque after throwing.

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    1. Slow pre-heat last night, kept it under 200 degrees for a couple of hours. We will go slow today.

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  2. 50 wouldn't be the problem, getting them to pay is the problem.
    All the asking gets to me.
    Don't get me started, I'm tired of being asked to give.

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    1. I hear you on that one! We only give to a couple of groups now. Any church affiliation is definitely off my list. I don't understand asking a stranger to give to your church, especially when it's 40 miles away.

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  3. Great going, Jeff. I have donated every year, but not more than a few bowls. I've even eaten the great soup or stew which is served. And it's always with some friends, or making new ones.

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  4. I know how often the potters are asked to give. How wonderful you support the Empty Bowls project in such a big way.

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  5. P.S. We saw our first hummingbird yesterday, with several sightings, but so far, none today.

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  6. We have a guy that comes over from Indiana every Feb. and buys from a bunch of us for an Empty Bowls project.He feels that helping to support the potters is part of their mission

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