Make a clay bowl, help feed the hungry

For the fifth year, Carolina Clay Artists will sponsor Hub City Empty Bowls, a grassroots fundraiser that helps feed the hungry in Spartanburg.

Empty Bowls Everyone in the community is invited to help make more than 1,000 handmade clay bowls to be used on Soup Day — Saturday, Nov. 9 — when hundreds of people will donate cash in exchange for the colorful and creative bowls filled with soup donated by local restaurants. No experience in pottery is required, and all materials and instruction are provided free of charge.

Public bowl-making events will be held at two locations:

  • Saturdays: July 20, August 17 and September 14, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. at Spartanburg Art Museum School at the Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street, Spartanburg
  • Third Thursday Art Walks: July 18 and August 15, 6-8:30 p.m. at West Main Artists Co-op, 578 West Main Street, Spartanburg

Soup Day will be held in the lobby of the David W. Reid Theatre and in the plaza of Chapman Cultural Center on Saturday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. In addition to soup, bread and tea, live music, and fellowship are provided for a community event that generates a groundswell of grassroots charity, as well as much-needed funds. Patrons especially enjoy taking home the clay bowls as sentimental reminders of how they have contributed to Spartanburg’s advancement. Traditionally, patrons donate $15 per bowl. The soup is all you can eat, and there will be a variety of restaurants providing soup throughout the day.

Empty Bowls is an international phenomenon that is virtually administrative and overhead free. All work is done by local volunteers, most of whom are potters. All of the money raised stays in the local community. Last year, more than $12,000 was given to the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen. This year’s recipient of the funds will be TOTAL Ministries of Spartanburg.

Sponsors of the 2013 Empty Bowls fundraising event include: Carolina Clay Artists, Spartanburg Art Museum, Chapman Cultural Center, the West Main Artists Co-op and Chris Williams, owner of local pottery supply house Clay-King.com.

For more information about Hub City Empty Bowls, call (864) 621-2768.

Via: Hub City Empty Bowls


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