Under the guidance of Potter Donna Ernst, over 20 residents created 138 ceramic bowls that will be sold April 9 and 10 to as part of The Empty Bowls Project, an international grassroots effort to fight hunger.
According to its web site, the premise for Empty Bowls is simple. Participants create handcrafted bowls, then guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The sponsoring organization then donates the proceeds to a local organization working to end hunger.
“This project got me hooked on pottery,” admits Judson Park resident Bette Twaddell, who in addition to the bowls, has fashioned a number of pieces for herself like oriental vases and wind chimes. “It’s a wonderful creative outlet and a great way to give back to the community.”
“Our goal is to sell all of the bowls,” says Donna. “Each dollar donated buys four meals at the hunger centers.”