June 25, 2012 | Tips from Travellers >
Fort St. John, Art Galleries & Artists
View a larger image on flickr.com
I was so excited that this past week marked the official beginning of summer with the Summer Solstice. Around this time of year, the North Peace Potters’ Guild in Fort St. John has an annual fundraising Summer Solstice Chili Bowl Bash. Saturday June 23rd marked the 5th annual Chili Bowl Bash which took place at the local Artspost. After pre-purchasing my $30.00 ticket, my mom and I stopped by to support the local potters and enjoy a tasty bowl of chili.
As I approached the Artspost, I could hear the chatter, feel the excitement, and see the countless pottery enthusiasts. We were invited to choose one of the many hand-made pottery bowls. I was astonished at the abundance of bowls to pick from! Since these bowls were made from hands of various skill levels, each one was unique in it’s size, shape, style, finish, and the techniques used. Next, we were invited to taste six different chilies, vote on our favourite, and then fill our new bowls to the brim with a delicious chili dinner. Also included in the event was entertainment, 50/50 draw, a door prize for free pottery classes, and a piñata for the children.
This event was a great way to show off the talent of local artists and to explore the facility where the Guild resides year-round. Furthermore, this fundraising event has contributed to the success of the local Potters’ Guild by assisting in operational costs and purchasing new equipment, such as the new kiln that was bought last year with the funds. I had such an awesome time at the Chili Bowl Bash that I’m already marking my calendar for next year! In the meantime, the North Peace Potters’ Guild is open to the public every Saturday from 10am-1pm where they feature a mug wall with new pieces each week. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind, hand-made piece of local pottery, I highly recommend stopping by the Artspost, located at 10320-94th Ave.