The 9th Annual Clatsop County Women's Resource Center
Community Bowls Event
Wednesday, April 27th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
415 First Avenue
For ticket information call:
Clatsop County Women's Resource Center
The 5th Annual Tillamook Soup Bowl
Saturday, April 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Old Mill Marina
210 3rd Street
Tickets are limited and going fast!
CCC Student Making a Bowl
CCC Student and Professional Potters are making the bowls, utilizing local materials and firing the work in the Astoria Dragon Kiln and Clatsop Community College Stoneware Kiln.
Astoria Dragon Kiln
“In the symbolic and utilitarian bowl I hope, along with the help of other potters, to widen a passageway for the community to travel- travel to a place of nourishment, empathy, and hope.
The common bowl can be found in the kitchens of most people, including both the rich and the poor. Its function holds not only the melted expression of the particular earthen materials that form its living skin or glaze, but also contains infinite possibilities within its space. In its use, the bowl can hold any type of food, express a sense of any environment, and bring family and community together. The space can grow. For the human species the space inside the bowl may be one of the most significant metaphors for community.
The ancient process of Anagama allows us, as potters, to explore and use the natural world. It allows us to have elementary experiences, without technological intervention, that feed the creative urge. As we locate, dig and pick up the materials around us, we are defining, negotiating, testing, and finding value in our physical and conceptual terrain. This wonderfully complex interaction with the geology and memory of a place merges into the intentional utility of the ordinary bowl and becomes, sometimes, extraordinary by the mixing and fusion of all the raw materials in a serendipitous magical way. When we fire the kiln for days, the inorganic wood ash, called fly ash, is carried through the kiln by the wind and fire, putting layer upon layer of melting wood ash over all the pots. We get to touch and hold the wood feeling its texture, weight, and dampness before we feed it to the fire. After a week of cooling the new clay forms emerge from the kiln telling their story of the transformative process. Some of the bowls end up with scars that we consider gifts from the kiln, somewhat similar to barnacles on a whale or a heeled over, black scorched lightning mark on a tree. Some of the structural brick fired for over 20 years in the Anagama melt and drip onto the pots leaving part of the kiln on the pots. The dragon is alive. Her life is strange, mysterious, unpredictable, and always on the fiery edge of change.
I feel deep joy and gratitude to be working with other artists, community members, and the natural world.”
Deep Utility-Richard Rowland
From Women’s Resource Center Bowls Catalog