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Begin with one empty bowl

Local art teachers Gail Hershey, Janet Knocke and Tessie Garcia, together with, Joanne Irons, and art students, are bringing the community together Saturday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs High School Commons Area for an Empty Bowls event.

Empty Bowls is a community project to raise money for local hunger prevention efforts.  For $10 you get to choose a bowl created by teachers, local potters, community members and students.  These are one-of-a-kind unique bowls and are kept as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

Each bowl is lead-free and food safe. Once purchased, bowl is then filled with soup donated by students and community members.  The meal includes bread and beverage.

New this year: A special silent auction of artwork by local artists and art teachers. All proceeds go to local food banks.

Empty Bowls

In 1990 a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem.  They were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. 

What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fund-raising meal.  Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world.  By the following year, the originators had developed this concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger. 

The Imagine /RENDER Group was created to promote the project.  Since then Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger.

For our Empty Bowls event, all clay has been donated by New Mexico Clay, Albuquerque, N.M. What an incredible gift to our community.

With that said, we need volunteers. Come help make a ceramic bowl for the Empty Bowls benefit this fall. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to donate a couple hours of your time and creativity.

Come play with clay on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the high school from 10 a.m. to noon. A $5 donation is requested from each adult to defray glazing costs.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Empty Bowls project, contact Tessie Garcia at (970) 769-4212 or e-mail

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