Hub City Empty Bowls 2014 is set to start making pottery bowls and money to feed needy Spartanburg, SC, citizens. There will be five bowl-making days that will lead up to Soup Day, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at Chapman Cultural Center.
For the past five years, Hub City Empty Bowls has raised tens of thousands of dollars to feed local citizens by having the general public make clay bowls that were used on Soup Day. On Soup Day, the hundreds of colorful and handmade bowls are set out on display for the public’s choosing. For a $15 donation per bowl, the patron may enjoy unlimited gourmet soup donated by local restaurants at the community event that also features live music, a silent auction, and the fellowship of helping others. All of the money raised goes to an established charity that feeds local and needy citizens.
Last year, Empty Bowls raised a record amount of more than $20,000 and netted $18,600 that was given to TOTAL Ministries for its food pantry. The beneficiary of the funds raised this year will once again be TOTAL Ministries, a local non-profit charity that provides assistance for basic needs to Spartanburg County families who are facing financial crisis.
This year, all of the public bowl-making events will be held at either Spartanburg Art Museum School, located at Chapman Cultural Center, or West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg. At these events, the public is invited to make handmade pottery bowls. No experience is necessary, and all materials, including instruction by Carolina Clay Artists, are free. The bowls are left to be glazed and fired, and eventually used on Soup Day. Organizers hope to have 1,400 bowls made this year. Here is the bowl-making schedule:
• June 14, Spartanburg Art Museum School, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
• June 19, West Main Co-op, 6-8:30 p.m. (ArtWalk)
• July 19, Spartanburg Art Museum School, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
• Aug. 16, Spartanburg Art Museum School, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
• Aug. 21, West Main Co-op, 6-8:30 p.m. (ArtWalk)
This year’s sponsoring partners are Carolina Clay Artists, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg Art Museum, West Main Artists Co-op, and Chris Williams of Clay-King.com.
Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger, started in 1990 as a student art project in Michigan. 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. Events have now taken place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Many millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations.
The Carolina Clay Artists are seeking sponsors and donations for Hub City Empty Bowls. Funds are needed for expenses. Donations are tax deductible. Anyone wishing to contribute should make checks payable to Spartanburg County Foundation with an indication that the gift is for the Hub City Empty Bowls Project Fund; mail checks to 424 E. Kennedy St, Spartanburg, SC 29302.
For sponsorship opportunities or to learn more about Hub City Empty Bowls 2014, please contact Nancy Williamson by calling 864/621-2768 or e-mail to (NanWilliamson@gMail.com).