I was approached at the farmer's market last summer by a woman I'd never met. She asked if I would be interested in helping with something she was organizing to benefit our local food bank called The Empty Bowl event. It's a grassroots effort to fight hunger where local restaurants donate soup and bread while potters donate bowls. The patrons receive a bowl of soup and get to take the bowl home as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. You can read about the campaign at http://www.emptybowls.net/. I donated her very first bowl for the event that day and my husband and I signed up to make 50 more.
It seemed like a daunting task but we had months to complete them and I figured it would be really great practice on the wheel. We're almost done (she is picking up our first batch this week, the event is now just around the corner) and I'm pleased to say by the time we're done we'll have donated 75 bowls! We had a few awesome friends (including a fellow moderator )who also wanted to contribute to the event so we provided supplies and they got their handbuilding creativity on.
The majority of these bowls were dip glazed by our community volunteers, who seemed to enjoy their time in the pottery studio.
Here are a few closeups of some of my favorites.
All boxed up and ready to go!
We also agreed to take clay and our wheel and do some throwing demos during the event. Thankfully, I'm a lot better at it having completed this project!