LOCAL potters are being sought to donate a handmade, unique bowl to a ceramic event that has winged its way across the Pond to Warwickshire.

The event called Empty Bowl is raising money for two local charities: Shipston Home Nursing and The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Trust.

Whichford Pottery and Wigwam Ceramics are hosting Empty Bowl in the new Straw Kitchen cafe and in the Octagon exhibition space where participating ceramicists will be exhibiting their art.

The donated bowls are to be sold for a charitable donation along with a lunch of homemade soup and locally sourced artisan bread on the day. It is hoped the event will become an annual date on the calendar and become as popular as it is in America.

Shipston Home Nursing provides palliative care through its team of 14 professional nurses for the time required by each individual patient who is terminally ill and wishes to remain in their own home.

The SMA Trust, a locally based national charity, funds medical research into finding a cure and treatments for spinal muscular atrophy, the leading genetic killer of children under two. This year sees the launch of the new “Muscle Power” Campaign to raise awareness of SMA and raise £1 million over the next two years

Empty Bowl will be held on Saturday February 21. Tickets are priced at £15 and are available from pippa@brookfamily.net or suziecoyte@googlemail.com