Arts groups help potters support Feast of Caring

We’d like to give a big shout-out to the Art Alliance, the Center for Visual Artists (CVA), and Earthworks Pottery for helping us roll out some fresh opportunities for potters to support Greensboro Urban Ministry’s 25th annual Feast of Caring!

What’s new this year
  • Potters can reserve up to 25 pounds of clay through Earthworks or CVA to use to throw pots in their studios, or in Art Alliance and CVA’s studios.
  • Art Alliance is opening its studios this weekend, July 23-24, from 1-6 p.m. to host the Feast of Caring Bowl-a-Thon.
  • CVA is hosting a one-night-only gallery reception, First Friday for the Feast: A Pop-up Pottery Show, from 6-9 p.m. on October 7 to feature participating potters and celebrate their work to build a stronger community.
Why the change is important

“Potters get a lot of requests to donate, and as much as folks want to help, the cost adds up quickly,” said Jim Rientjes of Earthworks Pottery. He and fellow potter Molly Lithgo work closely with GUM during the year to support the Feast of Caring at spring and fall Potters of the Piedmont shows. “We hope the donation of clay will help persuade artists to participate.”

Feast of Caring, Williams Pottery

Beautiful hand-crafted pieces like this bowl from Williams Pottery are a centerpiece of GUM’s Feast of Caring event in November.

Katie Lank, CVA executive director, says giving potters more time to work recognizes the quality and importance of their work. “The pop-up show is another way we want to thank potters for their contributions and showcase their creativity.”

Potters invited!

Professional and student potters are invited to be part of this new lineup of events. Here’s how to get involved to support GUM’s Feast of Caring:

  • Reserve clay:
    • Call Earthworks Pottery (336-275-1202) to schedule a time to pick up.
    • Contact the CVA Education Office by phone (336.333.7475) or email ( to reserve your 25lb. bag of clay [limited quantities available] and studio time.
  • Use the clay to make the number of soup-sized bowls you are able to contribute. If you are unable to use all the clay, please return it so we can pass it along to another potter.
  • Take your time in our studio to make them. We’d love for you to put your touch on them with your own design and glaze. But if you can’t glaze them, just trim and bisque fire them.
  • Return the pots:
    • If you pick up from Earthworks, return pots by August 31.
    • If you pick up from CVA, return pots to the designated spot in the CVA studio by September 30
    • Include a stack of your business cards with the pots so Greensboro Urban Ministry can give your work a proper shout-out on social media and at the event.
  • Are you interested in participating in the pop-up show? Contact the CVA Education Office at the number above.
About the Feast of Caring

GUM’s 25th annual Feast of Caring event is Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church (1000 W. Friendly Ave.) in Greensboro. Event proceeds support GUM’s emergency assistance, food, shelter and rehousing programs.

GUM’s mission is to share the love of God with people in need through practical action. We accomplish this work with the generous support of the community. Together, we offer help, hope and long-term solutions to those in need in the greater Greensboro area.