Art bowls help local food charities
During the June 23 Family Day festivities at The Bascom, kids were able to create a work of art for a good cause.
The ceramics workshop allowed youngsters to pinch their own bowl out of sculpting clay that will be included in the annual Empty Bowls luncheon in the fall — all part of efforts to craft homemade bowls and sell them for donations during the annual events that benefit the Highlands Food Pantry and Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry in Cashiers.
The Empty Bowls project is an international movement built upon a single idea: Potters and craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are then invited to a simple meal of soup and bread, and afterwards, get to keep the bowl from which they enjoyed their lunch as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The Empty Bowls luncheon will be held in Highlands on Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Highlands First Presbyterian Church, and on the same day from noon to 2 p.m. in Cashiers at the Orchard Restaurant.
According to The Bascom’s Ceramics Director Frank Vickery, crafting enough bowls to stock two fall Empty Bowls events, are handled by studio members during the off season.
“We work in the off-season to craft bowls for donating to the Empty Bowls events each fall, and we also include bowls created by the kids during our Family Day celebration each year,” he said. “The kids have a great time doing it on Family Day, and their creations are included during the lunch in both Highlands and Cashiers.”
Vickery said The Bascom produces 500 bowls in all, split down the middle with 250 bowls for each of the fundraisers. There are an additional 25 bowls created to be used in the silent auction at the lunch. About 20 to 25 additional bowls, crafted by the kids attending Family Day, survived firing without breaking and will be added to the mix.
Ned Turnbull of Cashiers, and an Empty Bowls volunteer, said the 250 handcrafted bowls for Cashiers’ fundraiser are already stored in the crawlspace under his house.
“It’s pretty cramped in there right now” he said of the crawlspace and bowls. “In Cashiers, our Empty Bowls banquet benefits Fishes and Loaves. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year.”
Vickery said the kids were, “very energetic and full of spirit,” when it came to crafting their bowls. Hansom Rollins, 7, of Thomasville, Georgia, was visiting Highlands during the Family Day with his grandmother, Becky Felts.
“This is fun making the bowls,” Rollins said.
“It’s fun!” said four-year-old Kaeleigh Davis of Cashiers as she showed off her pinch-pot bowl.
The Food Pantry of Highlands currently provides food for 272 area families, representing 824 people, information from the organization states.