Potters Without Borders holds open house at O’Keefe Ranch

Okanagan residents can see how Potters Without Border works to develop small producing ceramic water filter factories around the world.

The public can find out about local artists making a difference around the world when Potters Without Borders holds an open house, potluck picnic and fundraiser at O’Keefe Ranch Sunday.

Hosted by the pottery studio at the Spallumcheen-based ranch, which acts as a research station for the non-profit Canadian organization, Potters Without Borders works to develop small producing ceramic water filter factories.

“Along with our sister organization, we have developed 39 factories around the world, all making low-cost filters providing communities with a means of purifying contaminated water at a household level. The factories are started on a franchise basis and all make money,” said Burt Cohen, executive director of Potters Without Borders and operator of the pottery studio at O’Keefe Ranch.

“Visitors to the research workshop, located at the open house on Sept. 16, can see the process in action and find out more about our work.”

The event will also feature a silent auction with a number of items, including a large vessel made by preeminent Canadian potter Isao Sanami Morrill, as well as music, demonstrations, speakers, videos and more. Those attending can bring along a picnic lunch and/or something for the silent auction.

All are welcome to attend the event, which runs Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is by donation. Park in the ranch parking lot and the follow signs to the pottery studio.

More information on Potters Without Borders is available at potterswithoutborders.com