Serving Our Community

By: London Potters Guild  09-12-2011
Keywords: Festivals, folk festival

London Potters Guild has a long legacy of community service – a clear reflection of our mission to encourage awareness and appreciation for the clay arts.

The London Potters Guild looks for creative ways to give back to the community we serve. Our members teach pottery in schools, churches and libraries. They demonstrate pottery at community events like the London International Children’s Festival. They donate time and materials to children’s groups and provide pottery and bowls for fund raising events such as Empty Bowls and silent auctions.

London Free Press reporter Sandra Coulson once noted the Guild’s spirit of generosity when she wrote:

“Although some [Guild] members are talented enough to sell their pieces for high prices, they’re generous with donations of goods and time to organizations in London."

Here are some highlights of our past and present service to the community:

  • Over the years, our members have volunteered to teach pottery in schools, churches and libraries.
  • Every two years, the London Potters Guild coordinates a demonstration and sale with the London Garden Club , showcasing pottery specifically designed to enhance floral arrangements.
  • The Guild regularly donates pottery bowls to the “Empty Bowls” event, which is organized by the Unitarian Fellowship to raise money for the London Food Bank. An article about Empty Bowls, which appeared in Big Picture Magazine (Spring/Summer 1999), said that “part of the event’s magic lies in the originality and love represented in each work of art. All of the bowls are handmade by local groups and are just as varied as the people who make them. “ Of the 250 bowls required for the 1999 event, nearly a third were provided by the London Potters Guild.
  • The Guild has donated pottery to help raise funds for the Women’s Community House, the London Intercommunity Health Centre and various other charities our members and friends are involved with.
  • Over the years, Guild members have also served as volunteer teachers for challenged kids through the Thames Valley Children’s Centre and donated time and materials to the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides .
  • We have also staged pottery demonstrations at community festivals, including the London International Children’s Festival , the Western Fair , Home County Folk Festival and various events at Fanshawe Pioneer Village .
  • As a Guild, we have been pleased to give to an international aid organization called “Potters for Peace” .
  • The Guild has also sponsored a new Canadian from Mexico with a one-year Guild membership.
  • The London Potters Guild presents the Edith Pierce Memorial Award each year to a Bealart student who shows outstanding progress and is continuing in their studies in the Clay Arts.
  • We also reach out to the community through events such as our “Coffee Challenge” (to benefit London’s Grand Theatre) and our popular “Ultimate Blue Plate Dinner.”

During the winter of 2007 the 53rd Brownie Troup of London visited the London Potters Guild and worked in clay to help them earn their "Handicrafts" Badge. Each member of the Troup made a "monster" out of a pich pot and a mask that they decorated with brightly coloured slips. 

Keywords: Festivals, folk festival

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