year, members of the GLPG participate in a variety of community
activities. Guild members donate hand-made bowls to the Empty Bowls
event, an international fundraiser by potters to raise money for
local food banks, shelters and soup kitchens and increase awareness
of hunger-related issues. To learn about other community activities
from previous years, click here.
October 11, 2016, Tuesday
Lunch: 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
111 E. Michigan Avenue
Bowls is a community activity with the goal of providing support
for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight
hunger. Potters make and donate ceramic bowls, in which a simple
meal of soup and bread is served. As shown in this picture from
2007, guests may choose their bowls and keep the bowl as a reminder
of hunger in the world.To learn more about Empty Bowls, click
Empty Bowls fund raiser is organized and staffed by the Greater
Lansing Food Bank and made possible by Lansing area potters, restaurants,
bakeries and local musicians.
GLPG members donated more than 400 bowls to the Empty Bowls fund
raiser, which benefits the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Each customer
chooses a hand-made bowl and also receives soup and bread for a
meal. The food was donated by Troppo’s, which hosted the event.
In 2015, the bowl sales totaled $9,880.00. The Food Bank also received
an additional $3,000.00 from AT&T as a sponsorship.
members have joined other local artisans in displaying and demonstrating
their craft at several community events, including the East
Lansing Art Festival and the October 2009 Apple Butter
Festival at Fenner Arboretum in Lansing. The Guild facility itself
has been scheduled for tours and pottery-making demonstrations for
the Greater Lansing Visitors Bureau's "Be A Tourist In Your
Own Town" and for local art classes and other interested art-related
groups. The pictures show Jenny Penn encouraging kids to make their
marks on a small pot that she threw on the wheel at the Apple Butter
Festival, and Pamela Timmons creating a hand-built, sun-face sculpture
at the Guild during the Tourist-In-Your-Own-Town tour.
the Potters' guild provides an annual cash award to a local organization
for pottery-related activities. The most recent award was given
a non-profit neighborhood drop-in center for art serving the southwest
area of Lansing.
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