Mendocino Stone Soup gatherings in 2007 and 2008 left more than 1,000 bowls are in the hands of community members that attended. Each bowl or mug hand crafted by a local potter, each piece a work of art.
Have you ever thrown a bowl on a potter's wheel...?
Begin with a nice lump of clay, wedged, smooth and shaped. Steady your arms as you strongly place the clay in the center of the wheel. Carefully place your arms, your hands on the clay and start the wheel spinning. As things go 'round, your hands feel the clay, shaping into that circle, gently firming towards the center point of the mass...
In one instant, you feel the magic as the clay centers on the wheel. Close your eyes to be certain. And then there it is. THE CENTER. The beginning point.
For Mendocino Stone Soup, tables full of bowls and mugs, created by community potters, generously given, will be there for each person to choose from. Each bowl becomes a lasting token of this special gathering. For those who already have a Stone Soup Bowl, bring them back to the Community Center of Mendocino on February 2-- to either trade in or refill! Together, we are working to Center our Community.
Mendocino Stone Soup, February 2, 1:30 to 5:00, Community Center of Mendocino, in the historic old school house on Pine and School Streets. If you want to help, stop in to sign up.
If you are a potter, your generous addition of some bowls or mugs would be greatly appreciated.