Empty Bowls Raises Money for Local Food Banks

We are grateful for all the love and good energy our staff, volunteers, local potters, and attendees brought to this year’s Empty Bowls event. We were fortunate to raise over $7000 during this annual benefit, which enables us to donate to the Cherokee and Clay County Food Banks.

Photo (L): Robert Merrill (center), President of Cherokee County Sharing Center accepts the $3629.53 check from Interim Director Phil Mattox. Photo (R): Clay Co photo: Fred Sickel (center), President of Clay County Food Pantry accepts the $3629.53 check from Interim Director Phil Mattox

Quest: Pottery, Printmaking & Family Vacations

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I met Tom Quest over meatloaf dinner in the Dining Hall on Sunday night. We quickly discovered that we were enrolled in the same class: Jim Horton’s “Great American Poster” printmaking class. I discovered Tom is a professional potter and he got his start in clay years ago at the Folk School. He and his family often come here for vacation. This particular week, his wife and daughter were taking felting & dyeing together. I sat down with him to learn a little bit more about his pottery, our class, and why the Folk School is a great place for a family vacation. Enjoy our interview!

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Instructor Jim Horton and Tom decide what ink colors to roll out for the press. Black is always a good place to start!

CP: What made you want to take letterpress printing?

TQ: Well, my family had a lot of things going on this year, and we just wanted to have a nice, restful vacation. The Folk School is one of our big go-to places to come as a family to just kick back and not have the pressure and stress of going to a big city. Its just very relaxing. We like to come here about every other year. So this year, my big pottery show was over with, my daughters wedding was over with, so we just thought, “Let’s go to John C. Campbell!”

CP: Do you take a different subject every visit?

TQ: I’ve taken so many pottery classes, now I try to take other subjects that will help me to branch out. Last time I was here, we did marbling. The time before that I did metal clay jewelry, and that was an interesting class.

CP: How did you get into pottery? Continue reading Quest: Pottery, Printmaking & Family Vacations

Empty Bowls Presents Checks to Local Food Banks

Empty Bowls checks of $3,188 each were presented this week to the Cherokee County Sharing Center and Clay County Food Pantry. The 10th Annual Empty Bowls was held on March 12 at the Folk School. The Empty Bowls fundraiser for Cherokee and Clay County food banks has been organized by Resident Potter Mike Lalone and hosted by the John C. Campbell Folk School for the past 10 years. Thanks again to everyone who supported this event!

On May 10, 2016, the staff of John C. Campbell Folk School and Empty Bowls volunteers presented a check for $3,188 to Robert Merrill, President of Cherokee County Sharing Center. The Center provides food for over 400 families each month, 30% who are children. Presenting the check, Folk School Director Jan Davidson and Robert Merrill. Also pictured from left to right: Kate Delong, Ellen Sandor, Jennifer Slucher, Dianne Arnold, Marianne Hatchett, Colleen Plonsky, Mike Lalone, Cory Marie Podielski, and Harry Hearne. The Empty Bowls fundraiser for Cherokee and Clay County food banks has been organized by Resident Potter Mike Lalone and hosted by the John C. Campbell Folk School for the past 10 years.
Folk School Director Jan Davidson presents a check to Robert Merrill, President of Cherokee County Sharing Center. Also pictured from left to right: Kate Delong, Ellen Sandor, Jennifer Slucher, Dianne Arnold, Marianne Hatchett, Colleen Plonsky, Mike Lalone, Cory Marie Podielski, and Harry Hearne.

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Wheel Throwing 101 with Rob Withrow

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Rob demos how to make a big jugs in segments, using the torch to quick dry the base.

Clay students of all levels joined Rob Withrow in the Folk School Clay Studio this past week to learn new skill and techniques on the wheel. Many students had never thrown on a wheel and were eager to get started.

Rob is a local Brasstown potter and owner of Smoke in the Mountains Pottery. He makes the JCCFS logo mugs that are for sale in the craft shop and the big soup bowls in the Dining Hall. Rob is most know for his face mug pottery and wood firing. He creates loves to throw BIG! He has thrown 6-ft tall face jugs and can only fire them in his wood kiln (because of their large size).

Students in the class tried their hand at creating mugs, bowls, plates, cups and more. By the end of the week student had some finished fired pieces and confidence to throw a vessel on the wheel. It was a great week! Continue reading Wheel Throwing 101 with Rob Withrow

Empty Bowls Tickets on Sale February 16

Potters work in the Folk School Clay Studio, donating their time to create bowls for our upcoming fundraising event.
Potters work in the Folk School Clay Studio, donating their time to create bowls for our upcoming fundraising event.
Attendees choose their bowl on the way into the Olive Dame Campbell Dining Hall.
Attendees choose their bowl on the way into the Olive Dame Campbell Dining Hall.

Empty Bowls is a national and international grassroots movement that aims to help end hunger.  The Folk School has been hosting the event for many years, with Resident Potter, Mike Lalone in charge of the event.

Help alleviate hunger in our community by joining us for our annual Empty Bowls fundraiser on March 12 from 5-7 p.m. We’ll gather in the Olive Dame Campbell Dining Hall for a fun evening of good food prepared by the Folk School’s dining hall staff, and lively music by the Dog Branch Cats. The popular Brown Bag Raffle returns this year with many opportunities to win one-of-a-kind pottery items.

Admission is $30 and includes a handmade bowl of your choice and a hearty meal of soup, bread, salad and dessert. Tickets go on sale February 16 at the Folk School’s Craft Shop, Cherokee County Chamber, and United Community Bank in Hayesville. All proceeds will go to the Hinton Center Food Bank in Clay County and the Sharing Center Food Bank in Cherokee County.

Special thanks to all the local potters who have been extra busy throwing bowls in our Clay Studio for this important event! Continue reading Empty Bowls Tickets on Sale February 16