Supporting ongoing projects comes with all kinds of challenges, and during a pandemic, those challenges are only multiplied. Recognizing this, the NWCF is planning a new type of fundraiser – a combination virtual and in-person–we hope–event. Previously known as From Oven and Kiln and held at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, this year’s event, That Pottery Thing…, will be held at the Mayer Studio at 1000 Parker Street, September 30th, 2021, at 6:00 pm.
NWCF is optimistically planning an enjoyable evening with a few guests gathered together with virtual attendees. Our host for the evening will be the ever-gracious and knowledgeable Sheryl MacKay of CBC North-by-Northwest fame. Sheryl, a Craft Council of BC Citizen of Craft recipient, has supported craft in BC for many years, and we are delighted she will be with us.
If permitted, the live portion of the event will consist of a display of Silent/Online Auction items, presentations about our charitable activities, raffles, an open bar, and finger-food. The highlight event of the evening will be the NWCF Award of Excellence, now renamed the NWCF Mayer Wosk Award of Excellence in honour of both Carol Mayer, who founded the Award, and the Wosk Family Foundation, who have provided the opportunity for the NWCF to further its objectives of education, excellence, and accessibility around ceramics in BC.
>> NWCF MAYER WOSK AWARD NOMINATION FORM Please consider making a nomination.
At the Mayer Studio, a live Zoom will broadcast the evening’s events for virtual attendees. Auction items will be highlighted, and all bidding will take place online through our new website. Presentations will feature short talks and videos about our various charitable projects including bursaries, scholarships, the Speaker Series, and the NWCF MW Award of Excellence. All funds raised support these important projects.
In past years, the highlight of the evening was the presentation of unique, hand-crafted plates on which guests were served dessert, generously donated by BC potters. We dearly hope to have in-person guests to share the plates with us this year.
In the event that we cannot meet in person, That Pottery Thing… will still take place on Zoom on September 30th starting at 6:00, with presentations and the online auction. Bidding will end at 7:45 sharp. Tickets to participate and support the online event will be $25.00. The online catalogue showing items on offer will be available on the website by September 6, 2021.
No matter the circumstances, we look forward to being with you in some form on September 30th, and we hope you will continue to support ceramics in BC. We will keep you posted as to the status of That Pottery Thing…