The Moose Jaw Pottery Club's annual Chili Bowl fundraiser, the one that keeps the non-profit's doors open for beginner, intermediate, and expert potters throughout the year, is coming up on Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Wakamow Sportsman's Centre — and the first sitting has already sold out.
"This is our major fundraiser that we do every year. We're a not-for-profit organization, so really, this covers our expenses for the next year to keep the club running," explained current club president Lisa Parker.
"What we do as club members is that all of us, over the course of the year, make numerous chili bowls each, and those are what we use for the fundraiser. So, tickets are $30 each, it's a fun night with 50/50 draws, we have a raffle, we have a door prize. For the chili, you pick your bowl, use it to eat your meal, and then you get to take it home afterwards."
Tickets are for sale directly on the club's website at moosejawpotteryclub.com. There are two sittings of 100 people each. Tickets have already sold out for the first sitting, but are still available for the second sitting from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The chili is provided with two options: a mild, regular chili, and a vegetarian chili.
Parker said the style and theme of the Chili Bowls are up to each individual artist, meaning there are a variety of designs and glazes to choose from.
There will also be a pottery sale, with tables displaying artworks by each club member.
"Members will have individual tables as well, because we all collectively make other pottery to sell as a club, and that money goes to the club. So, there will be lots of pottery to look at. There's also a cash bar, where we'll be selling wine and beer."
All the chili bowls are glazed and kiln-fired, making them safe for use in the oven, microwave, and dishwasher. (It is worth noting, however, that handmade ceramic items should probably be hand-washed, because the harsh detergent soaps, rapid temperature changes, and often crowded environment of modern dishwashing machines can potentially damage pottery over time.)
The Moose Jaw Pottery Club rents its space from the Wakamow Valley Authority and are located at 741 7th Ave South East.
Questions about classes and membership should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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