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A family that clays together ...

The Raymond family — Lisa, Sophia and Bryce — clayed together with middle school art teacher Gail Hershey and other art students. They worked on creating handmade ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls Event.

Last year, Lisa and Sophia Raymond knew about the benefit, attended and purchasing bowls. Their bowls were filled with soup served by art students and community members. They sat and ate their humble meal and listened to music played by teachers and students. They were amazed and overwhelmed by knowing that children had made bowls to give to help fight hunger in the world.

This year, the Raymonds knew they could be a part of the project by donating their time in making ceramic bowls. They will also attend this years event — Saturday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Pagosa Springs High School — purchase bowls and share a meal knowing that the proceeds go to a great cause; namely to the local food banks.

Empty Bowls is a community project to raise money and for $10 you get to choose a bowl created by teachers, local potters, community members, and students. The bowl is then filled with soup donated students and community members.  The meal includes bread and a beverage.  These bowls are each unique and beautiful and kept as a reminder of hunger in the world. 

We need volunteers

 Come help make a pottery bowl for the Empty Bowls benefit this Saturday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m.-noon in the high school’s pottery room with high school art teacher Janet Knocke.  All of the bowls will be directly donated to Empty Bowls. No Experience is necessary, just a willingness to donate a couple hours of your time and creativity. Space is limited so please call to reserve a spot.  All clay has been donated by New Mexico Clay out of Albuquerque. What an incredible gift to give for our community.

 If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tessie Garcia, (970) 769- 4212 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it.