Friday, June 7, 2019

Let's have a Vase-And-Bowl-A-Thon!

Let's have a Vase-And-Bowl-A-Thon!

Hello fellow Artists! The Dig In Empty Bowls event is now in its 9th year and this year we are throwing a party for all you artists!

Empty Bowls is not just about bowls!

Empty Bowls was started by John and Lisa to lift-up the power of potters to create social change. For more than 25 years, potters have donated bowls to help the world remember that food is a human right and when we share, there’s enough for everyone. Dig In! grows flowers and shares bouquets alongside the vegetable from the garden because respecting people’s dignity and desire for a beautiful life is how John Hartom and Linda McFarling founded the organization. To honor that value, we’re accepting bud vases in addition to bowls this year for the Empty Bowls events.

Let's Have a Donation Party!

Thanks to Linda Powell at High Country Ceramic Arts, we have a venue to all get together, share food and drinks,  share our bowls, and enjoy each other's company. Starting now, we are taking pledges for bowls and vases for Dig In! and Shepherd Staff’s Empty Bowls Dinners. Our goal is to reach 1000 bowl and vase pledges to be donated by August. Then in August, all participating artists will gather at High Country with their finished donations for a celebratory party to honor the tremendous contributions that artists make to our community’s effort to ensure everyone has enough to eat.

Empty Bowls is not just about Pottery!

Who ever said empty bowls have to be clay? We have had some donations in the past of fiber and wood and let's keep the diversity rolling - reach out to your glass neighbors, metal neighbors, any artist can participate!

Bowl Swap!

Oh yeah, one more awesome thing, this year at our donation party we are going to have a bowl/vase swap! Each artist will select one bowl or vase from their donations to be included in the swap, then all artists will draw a number and get to take home another artists piece!

Need Clay?

Laguna and The Village Potters have donated a large amount of Miller 850 clay available to any artist looking to use it for Empty Bowls. The clay is firm and would be ideal for ram pressing, slab rollers, and hand building. If you have access to a pugmill then throwing may also be an option but be aware it is stiff clay. If you would like some of this clay please let me know and we can set up a time for you to pick it up from The Village Potters in the River Arts District in Asheville. If you do not head to Asheville often, we can make arrangements for you to receive it in Burnsville.

Let's Get Pledging!

Alright, it's time, email me with your bowl and vase pledge for this year’s Empty Bowls events that support the work of Dig In! and Shepherd Staff and pass the word on to other artists that you know. More information on our culminating party to come soon!

If you have any questions or would like to help in this effort, please email or call me at the information below.

Thank you all! I am proud to be part of such a wonderful community of artists and givers,

Tori Motyl

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