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« on: February 10, 2014 04:36:48 AM »

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  Wink)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!
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2014 04:47:27 AM »

Bless your heart. What a wonderful community task. I had heard of this project somewhere before. Maybe from you, if you have mentioned it prior. How great that you added extra helping hands. I am sure new friendships were formed, as well. Your bowls look wonderful. That dip glaze method sure makes them shiney  Grin I would hope that the people donating would come back for seconds, and collect a whole set! And bring everyone in their family.

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2014 05:56:33 AM »

What a wonderful way of getting your creativity on and contributing to the community - thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2014 06:15:05 AM »

Such beautiful bowls and such a worthwhile cause. Thank you and your husband for doing this project. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2014 06:41:40 AM »

Thanks so much!  We live in a rural, high poverty area so hopefully the event will be a success.   Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2014 06:49:42 AM »

What a wonderful cause, and so many pretty bowls! I would probably have to constantly head to the back of the line, because it would be hard to choose a favorite. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2014 06:59:11 AM »

Yay, MW! They all look fabulous!
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2014 07:54:37 AM »

Your bowls are gorgeous. And yay for you donating more bowls that you promised!
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2014 08:13:12 AM »

They are beautiful!
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2014 08:28:27 AM »

They did this here in Roswell about 2 years ago and the day they did it I actually got a "Mommy's day out" by myself (at 9 months pregnant, I deserved it) and thought about doing it for lunch but was too chicken to go it alone. My  husband wasn't too keen on the idea anyway. I think it's a wonderful cause and wish it was an annual thing but so far I haven't seen word of it again. That makes me sad. Your bowls are all wonderful. I like how they are all different sizes and shapes and thicknesses, no 2 the same! You are very generous.
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2014 08:30:24 AM »

How wonderful to be able to contribute back to your community by doing something you love...your bowls are serene and beautiful...please let us know how the even goes...it is such a worthy cause in our country...people forget that we still have hungry people even though we are not a Third World country...

I love that you and your hubby as well as the volunteers were able to accomplish beyond your goals!  I love earthy granite colored ones...just lovely.
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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2014 08:51:21 AM »

Way to go!  Fabulous bowls for a wonderful cause, hope the event goes well Grin   
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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2014 08:53:30 AM »

Thanks so much everyone! 
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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2014 09:50:56 AM »

I LOVE the bowls and the cause! This definitely rocks!
Never thrown a bowl (or any other potter thing) in my life, but I love handmade pottery so much and hope to try it one day.

Beautiful job!
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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2014 12:43:18 PM »

The bowls all look good, with even walls and beautiful glazing. You sure must have improved after making so many, and I hope the skin on your hands wasn't too rough after that!
That's a great cause too.
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« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2014 04:02:21 PM »

You have a beautiful heart that matches your beautiful bowls.
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« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2014 06:21:47 PM »

Lovely work MW!  They do this at Lana's old school.  It's awesome.  The hs kids throw the pots.  Smiley  I hope Lana can learn how to use the wheel someday.  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2014 07:31:06 PM »

Thanks all.  Smiley That's great, UTM!  I bet all the parents come out and try to snag the bowl their kids made.
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« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2014 10:00:57 PM »

So inspiring.  Thank you for sharing these beautiful creations!
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Absolutely, positively love this idea! Thank you for showing us the info and the link! Keep up the good work.
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« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2014 04:01:18 AM »

Thanks you guys.  Smiley These events are held all over the world.  I hope you'll keep your ears open for one near you down the road.  Who doesn't love pottery?  And soup!
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« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2014 08:53:20 AM »

Those are gorgeous!!  One of these days I am going to get back to pottery - took a class MANY years ago and loved it, but haven't had the time, access, etc. for quite some time.  LOVE all those bowls! 
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« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2014 06:41:38 PM »

I'm amazed by the volume of work you completed! The bowls are beautiful & so unique!
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« Reply #25 on: February 14, 2014 06:19:23 AM »

I noticed that another one of our Craftster family is participating in this worthwhile event in her area!

You potters are amazing!  Talented and generous!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431074.msg5151033#msg5151033
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« Reply #26 on: February 14, 2014 06:29:28 AM »

That is awesome, thanks so much for sharing the link here!
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We do an empty bowls project at our community arts center around October.  If anyone is interested, I'll post information as it becomes available.  I'm near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  I know many places around the area do similar fundraisers. 
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« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2014 06:27:09 AM »

Wonderful work, MIssingWillow!  It's so nice to see all your hard work! I've been looking forward to seeing it for a while.
I really like the white bowls with splashes of colour up the side. very pretty!  I hope the event is a success!
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What a great idea.

I love the dip glazing you did it looks fabulous
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« Reply #30 on: March 03, 2014 03:55:35 AM »

Thanks so much!  The event was this past weekend.  Every single donated bowl was gone within the first 90 minutes and they raised 3X more money than was expected.  A huge success for this small rural community! I guess we'd better get started making bowls for next year.   Smiley
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