Ceramic club bowl-a-thon huge success

On Saturday, March 13, the San Jacinto College Ceramic Club held a bowl-a-thon in conjunction with the Empty Bowls project. Students from the Ceramic Club assisted community members, and made over seventy-five bowls for the project. The community participants ranged from elementary, middle, and high school students, staff members and adults from the area. Ceramic club students will finish the bowls and donate them to the Empty Bowls Project to be held May 22, 2010.

Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort by artists and craftspeople in cities and towns across the country to feed the hungry in their communities. Empty Bowls Houston presented by Whole Food Market was implemented locally by Houston-area ceramists and artists working in various media, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Lawndale Art Center and the Houston Food Bank.

For a minimum $25 donation, attendees receive a simple lunch of soup, bread and water, and then select a bowl from hundreds of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls donated by Houston-area artists.  The empty bowls serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community and around the world.  All proceeds will benefit the Houston Food Bank. The event also features live music and a live demonstration by a variety of artists throughout the day.

Last year, artists contributed a record 1,400 bowls, and several hundred Houstonians purchased bowls. Whole Foods Market donated 5% of its sales from all area stores during its Community Giving Day. All totaled, Empty Bowls Houston 2009 raised approximately $45,000 for the Houston Food Bank, which can turn that into an equivalent of more than $360,000 worth of food distributed to those in Houston, Harris County, and surrounding counties in need.

Community participants trying their hand on the potters wheel with the assistance of ceramic club students.

Pasadena High School student Crystal Davila assisted by ceramic club student Christopher Roberts.

La Porte High School student Alyssa Watson assisted by community adult participant John Delafield.

Ceramic club student, Wilhelmina Moore, throwing on the potter’s wheel.

Pasadena High School student, Daisy Davila, throwing on the potter’s wheel.

Elementary student, Tori Buckner, age 7 adding detail to her hand built bowl.