Potters Place show/sale fighting hunger

Creamer by Erica Lockwood of Canton; vase by Lizanne Donegan of Foxborough; plate by Lisa Walker of Westwood; owl by Robin Potter of Canton; and mug by Susan Brum of Walpole.

In keeping with its mission to share and teach the pottery experience to the public, the 23 members of Potters Place will hold a fundraiser to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry on the weekend of May 3-5. Proceeds from the sale of select, hand-made pottery at the cooperative’s 28th Annual Spring Show and Sale will fund programs that help feed residents in need in the town of Franklin. The show will also feature a competition and display by several local garden clubs whose members will design floral arrangements that reflect the “Pottery in Bloom” theme using pottery vessels made by Potters Place members.

The Show and Sale will take place at Potters Place, 127B Old West Street, Walpole on Friday, May 3, 6–9 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 5, 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. The opening gala on Friday evening features a special Meet the Artists reception with refreshments. In addition to the highlighted floral arrangements, bowls, platters, mugs, sculptures, and hanging decorations will be among the hundreds of unique, hand-made pottery created by the member potters of the not-for-profit studio and school.

This year’s show is being chaired by Potters Place member Sandy Smith of Franklin, who developed the “Pottery in Bloom” theme and chose the charitable group. “As a Franklin resident I chose the Franklin Food Pantry because it is a wonderful cause that allows us to help our food insecure neighbors, friends and family," said Smith. “The non-profit receives no town or state funding for the many programs and services they provide, including a Mobile Pantry, a weekend backpack program that sends food home with school children, cooking classes and a Healthy Futures Market with fresh fruits and vegetables.”

The theme was developed by Smith, who was inspired by an exhibit called “Art in Bloom” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. “I felt that we could reflect this theme by creating vases and containers for holding flowers and greenery, as well as by using surface decoration, glazes and textures to reflect nature and its array of colors and designs. We look forward to an exciting Show and Sale and a colorful Garden Club competition and display,” Smith added.

Potters Place is a cooperative, not-for-profit pottery studio that has been in existence for almost 40 years. The 23 cooperative members continue a mission of sharing the pottery experience with neighboring communities through classes, workshops and special projects for adults and children. For directions and more information, call (508-668-0363) or visit www.PottersPlace.Info. Free admission and parking are available, and the studio is wheelchair accessible. Credit cards are accepted.

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