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Empty Bowls Project: Bowl Making Marathon

Ceramic BowlLamar University’s Dishman Art Museum and Feldspar, the Department of Art’s ceramics club, will hold a bowl-making marathon Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. to noon. The public will have the opportunity to make bowls that will be donated to an Empty Bowls auction next spring to raise money for the Southeast Texas Food Bank. This event is free.

The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. The proceeds from the auction of all of the bowls will go directly to the Southeast Texas Food Bank.

Students from the Department of Art will be on hand at the bowl-making marathon to guide participants through any process they wish to try, from pinch pots and coil pots, to throwing a bowl on a ceramics wheel.

“The bowl-making marathon is important because it brings Lamar University and the Southeast Texas community together in a common goal—to feed the hungry,” said Megan Young, assistant professor and director of the Dishman Art Museum. “It also gives everyone a chance to be creative and have some fun.”

Amanda Barry Jones from Beaumont is the student president of Feldspar. She has been working with Linnis Blanton, adjunct instructor of ceramics, to organize the Empty Bowls event at Lamar.

“Empty Bowls is a national outreach that artists have been doing in larger cities for sometime, and we’re very happy to bring this effort to our region to benefit the Southeast Texas Food Bank,” said Jones.

Feldspar plans to hold two bowl-making marathons, one on Nov. 16 and one in the spring. After the group has time to fire and glaze the bowls, there will be a fundraising dinner in May to sell the bowls and raise money for the Food Bank. Most Empty Bowls dinners consist of a simple meal of soup and bread to remind attendees of how little some people have to eat. They then take the bowls home as a daily reminder that others have empty bowls.

For more information, call the Dishman Art Museum at (409) 880-8959.