Sales events are an important aspect of ClayWorks Guild. They give members, regardless of skill level, the experience of presenting their work to the public, as well as participate in the planning and organizing of shows or sales.
Sales events are also viewed by ClayWorks Guild as opportunities to educate the public about the art and craft of ceramics. More experienced members have a chance to teach the public what goes into making functional pottery, sculptural art, installing architectural ceramic work or working with ceramics and mixed media. By teaching the public as much as we can about areas such as forming techniques, glaze safety or other aspects of pottery, we create educated buyers and stimulate more interest in our art.
ClayWorks Guild sponsors three sales events each year - a spring sale in May, a holiday sale in December, and the Duke Showcase which is held for Duke Employees at Duke Hospital. The Guild also participates in other community oriented events such as Empty Bowls Fundraisers.
The Duke Showcase is held over a three week period - late November through mid December - at Duke Hospital for Duke hospital employees. Guild members open the display for sales each day between 11am and 2PM.
Empty bowls events are sponsored by various county organizations who have joined together to work toward eliminating hunger and its root causes.
For a small fee, each Empty Bowls attendee can enjoy a taste of soup from local eateries, along with fresh-baked bread and desserts provided by local businesses and community partners. Attendees choose a handcrafted keepsake pottery bowl donated by area potters.
Clayworks Guild actively supports this event in Durham, Orange and Chatham counties.