Governor’s Bowl Awards: Handcrafted in Virginia


Each winner of the 2012 Governor’s Bowl Chamber of Commerce Challenge will receive a hand-made ceramic bowl made by a team of potters from Green Bay, Virginia. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the artists behind the bowls.

Richard (Rick) Erickson of Green Bay, VA, is a retired marine engineer. When he built a state-of-the-art ceramic studio in his basement for his wife, he had no idea that he would be the one throwing pots day in and day out. But as it  happened, he was drawn in by the clay, potter’s wheel, and the potential for artistic expression. Before long, he had turned his natural ability into a new career, this time as a professional potter, clay artist, and instructor at his own shop, Mainly Clay Studio, Clay Instruction and Art Supply Store in Farmville, VA.

His colleague is Kendra Spicer of Farmville, who also found pottery as a second career. Kendra is an accomplished concert cellist, illustrator, and art student who has found great success in both her artistic fields. She is responsible for the intricate flower carvings on the award bowls.

The Federation of Virginia Food Banks is delighted to have Rick and Kendra be the first Virginia artists involved in the Governor’s Bowl. Each year, a different handmade bowl will be created, ensuring the winners a one-of-a-kind piece of Virginia artwork.



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