David Stuart has long helped create bowls for the Empty Bowl project, and now he helps students, parents and staff at a local school make bowls for the annual fundraiser.
“I always thought it was a pretty neat idea,” said Stuart, the art teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary School, of the Empty Bowl program.
“It started with a group of potters who got together and solicited restaurants. When people came in, they got a bowl of their own to use and take home with them. It’s a program that is held all over the country.”
The 12th Annual CSRA Empty Bowl will be held March 10 at the Augusta Jewish Community Center from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The concept behind the fundraiser, which shares proceeds between the AJCC and the Golden Harvest Food Bank, is that each participant takes home a handmade bowl to remind them of their efforts to help ease someone’s hunger.
Bowls are created by students at local schools, area potters and others who want to help the cause. Participants partake in all-you-can-eat soup buffet, with soups, breads and desserts provided by local restaurants, caterers and food companies. Afterward they choose from among the bowls and other pottery provided for the event and can take a piece home.
“I feel like it’s about food banks and raising awareness of feeding the hungry,” said Stuart of the Empty Bowl program. “It raises consciousness that not everyone has as much to eat as we do. It’s good for both children and adults.”
To take the concept of Empty Bowl a step further, Stuart, also owns a studio in North Augusta, invited his students, their parents and the staff at Stevens Creek Elementary to create bowls for the program.
“It started as an outreach to teachers,” said Stuart. “I ended up opening it up to parents and students. It’s gotten to be more of a family-type thing.
“I have been a potter for 40 years, so I know a lot of different ways to work with pottery,” he said. “I teach some really simple ways of making bowls. Some are very rudimentary and others are more complicated.”
Stuart asks that the first bowl created go to the Empty Bowl program. Subsequent bowls made can be taken home by the artist.
“Through Stevens Creek, we donate about 10 bowls a year,” said Stuart. “Sometimes more; other times less.”
Advance tickets to Empty Bowl 2013 cost $15 for adults and $5 for children 2-10, and are available at the AJCC, Golden Harvest Food Bank, WifeSaver in North Augusta and Weinberger’s Furniture. Tickets at the door cost $20 for adults and $7.50 for children 2-10. Infants and toddlers under 2 eat for free.
A silent auction and raffle also will be held and additional bowls may be purchased for $10.
For information, call (706) 228-3636.