Creative potters warm many hearts: Potters Guild provides Kenai Peninsula Food Bank with creative, useful soup bowls

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010

At the Kenai Fine Arts Center, ceramic creations look like potted poetry displayed along the walls of standing podiums.

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"Joined Bowls" by Ken Omundson

Along the wall, bowls are lined up ready to be filled with soup at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank's annual Soup Supper and Auction fundraiser.

As part of its annual show, the Kenai Potters Guild is giving prospective attendants a sneak peak at what they could be eating out of at Saturday evening's event at Kenai Central High School.

"We've been the major contributor of soup bowls for that ever since they started it," said Laura Faeo, Kenai Potters Guild vice-president. "Most of the bowls for it have come from the potters guild."

Faeo said the guild makes hundreds of bowls for the fundraiser, starting on them in the spring.

"It's a big project every year," she said. "Something we do for the community. It's for a good cause."

Besides filling bellies with soup from local restaurants, the Soup Supper event will have live and silent auctions and various raffles to raise money for the food bank.

According to its website, last year the food bank served 21,000 meals through the on-site Soup Kitchen, and processed over a million pounds of food for its 4,790 direct-service clients. That's an average of 1,737 people per month.

The rest of August's exhibit of work from members Kenai Potter's Guild consists of many gem-toned functional pieces, with a few whimsical sculptures thrown in just for fun.

There are large "floor jars," earthy mugs and bowls of every size and depth.

"What we want to do is share our love of potter with the community, as well as the students that come in," said guild memb er Donna Steele.

The Kenai Potters Guild holds classes regularly in wheel throwing and hand forming at its studio attached to the fine art center in Old Town Kenai.

"The co-op pottery studio we have here is really unique," Faeo said. "It's the only one in the whole state."

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