It’s been really great getting to talk to so many people about Take Out Project in the past few months. As I have mentioned, our goal is to build community through handmade ceramics. Well, what the heck does that mean!? That’s what most people want to know, right?
It means a lot of things to me. First and foremost, I wanted a way to share what I love to do with other people. I make functional ceramics or pottery. That means I spend my days hand making ceramic dishes that you can use in your home and eat off of and drink out of. I realize that not everyone can afford to have an entire cupboard of handmade dishes so I devised a way for you to use a handmade dish on loan for a short period of time. (No strings attached.)
This might mean that you attend one of our Take Out Project potlucks and eat off of a handmade plate. Did you hear that we’re bringing back the potluck?? Or maybe you would like to enjoy a free cup of Lucky Goat Coffee out of a handmade ceramic mug. You are welcome to stop by one of our “Pop-Up-Coffee Shops” and meet some new people and sip away. (Free of charge.)
Which brings me to the next reason I created Take Out Project. I want to encourage people to interact with other people in their community face to face. We’re all connected through the computer or by text message but when was the last time you sat down at a table and really got to know someone over a fabulous meal? We want to know you. (Not your wallet.)
A few people have been asking me, “But what’s the catch?” I know it may make some of you uncomfortable but I really don’t want anything from you. Except your company and your willingness to share our mission and tell others about what Take Out Project is all about. We are about good people, food, drink and handmade ceramic dishes. Pure and simple. We just want you to think about those things.
This project in no way funnels any money into my own small business. Think of it just like you would a community service project that you volunteer for on the weekend outside of your regular job. Let’s say you help out with Habitat for Humanity building houses. Does your 9-5 job get any direct benefit from that? Probably not. You certainly don’t see an extra pay check from it. It’s the same thing for me. It’s just that my job happens to be as a ceramic artist working for myself. This is why none of the Take Out Project dishes with their logo will ever be for sale. What I “get” from this project is the satisfaction of knowing that I’m bringing people together over food and beverage and dishes. That’s it.
Of course we will sometimes have some volunteer options and fundraising opportunities if you absolutely feel like you want to help out. We are always looking for people to host a potluck in their home with the Take Out Project plates or a “coffee hour/shop” in their home or business with the Take Out Project mugs. We also have Lucky Goat Coffee with our logo printed on it for sale for $10/bag. Oh, and I'm also having t-shirts printed. This money will go toward our graphic design needs, clay material and also toward funding projects such as our latest endeavor, cooking a meal for the residents of Chelsea House in Tallahassee. Although Street Chefs is volunteering their time to cook we still need food donations. Let us know if you are dying to help out with any of these needs. We're also encouraging people to write about their experiences and to photograph their events so that we can post these on our blog. Otherwise, just show up with yourself and maybe a friend and an open mind to meet new people.
Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or check out our facebook page for updates.