Ingram Library will host bowl-making workshops in October to support the Carroll County Empty Bowls fundraiser.
On Tuesday, October 16, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, we will be hosting a workshop to make the ceramic bowls. This is your chance to come in and play with clay at the library! Volunteer workshop leaders will be on hand to help instruct anyone that does not have experience working with clay. We will then let the bowls dry, transport the bowls to kilns to be fired, and get them ready for the next stage of the bowl-making process…
On Tuesday, October 30, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, we will host a bowl-glazing workshop. We will bring back the bowls created on the 16th and provide the glaze – this is your chance to do some painting at the library!
So what’s the point of these workshops? Aside from being fun, they support a great cause and help us connect with the local community. The bowls will be donated to the Carroll County Empty Bowls fundraiser, to be held on Sunday, February 24, 2013, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Carroll County Ag Center.
Carroll County Empty Bowls is a local instance of a larger Empty Bowls effort. From the Empty Bowls site:
Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger… The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.
In Carroll County, the proceeds of the fundraiser go directly to support the Carroll County Soup Kitchen. The 2012 event raised over $23,000 for the Soup Kitchen. And, anecdotally, I heard several people comment on how happy they were to have bowls created by UWG students, faculty, and staff at our January workshops included in the event!