CNN recently posted this feature about Empty Bowls, a project begun by our friends Lisa Blackburn and John Hartom. It’s a terrific concept – community meals, eaten from handmade ceramics donated by local artists, raise money to help feed the hungry. (You can see a couple of local ceramic artists, including our neighbor Cynthia Bringle, working in the video.)
You can read the companion article, which includes profiles of several other innovative and inspiring approaches to ending world hunger, here: http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/12/world/iyw-how-to-help-hunger/index.html
“Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. 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.”
Empty Bowls events now regularly take place all over the country and around the world, including a dinner recently hosted here at Penland by Suze Lindsay & Kent McLaughlin‘s fall concentration clay class. Here’s a picture of the bowls produced for the event (photo by Fletcher Larkin):
We’re proud to have such active, generous, compassionate friends. You make us believe, more than ever, that art and craft can make a difference. Keep up the good work!