Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Challenging myself to find something profound or, at the very least, heartfelt, that would live up to some pretty high blog post standards this year, (Project Genesis at Old Grey Mare), I finally hit upon an event that we participate in locally, though a nationwide grassroots effort to help feed the homeless - the Annual Empty Bowls Benefit.  I have already had a few 'locals' ask that I remind them, so here's your first reminder...and the perfect opportunity to join in on Suzan's monthly mission.
This will mark the eleventh consecutive year that the Nevada Clay Guild will have cosponsored the Annual Empty Bowls Benefit, (Empty Bowls flier for 2011 - check out the Soupline Facts) which helps to feed the hungry of Las Vegas. In Spring 2009, the bowls made by the members of the Guild, and students of Donna Potter (artist and Green Valley High School pottery teacher extraordinaire) helped raise over $34,000 in one afternoon (growing from $9,000 raised in its first year, and rising exponentially each year), which directly feeds the homeless and hungry who visit the Las Vegas Catholic Worker soup lines five mornings a week, year round. 
The event is held in the cafeteria of Green Valley High School, with student and teacher volunteers, Clay Guild Members, and LV Catholic Worker members pitching in to line tables with bowl after bowl, during the afternoon. As one bowl is taken from the table, another takes it's place. These artisans work year-round to make sure this event has enough on hand - each and every one of these bowls is beautiful and unique, making for a pretty tough decision. There are also silent and live auctions of incredible, donated pottery and art pieces.
Once you have selected your bowl (or bowls - extras are there for the buying and remember, all monies go directly to benefit the hungry), you head to the soup lines and pick out your soup, a roll and a glass of lemonade...undoubtedly a lot more than most homeless get daily.  An extremely worthwhile local effort, that is conducted nationwide...please, look for it in your area.

Nevada Clay Guild Annual Empty Bowl Benefit Luncheon & Auction
Helping to Feed the Hungry in Las Vegas
11th Annual Empty Bowl Benefit
April 9, 2011
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Green Valley High School Cafeteria
460 Arroyo Grande Blvd. (just North of Warm Springs Rd.) Henderson, Nevada

Adults: $15 Children 12 & under: $12
Additional bowls available for purchase


The Primitive Bucket said...

I bet that's a fun day and goes to a worthy cause and with the unemployment in Vegas being what it is, it probably is helping more people each year.!! And what a great way to get some cool bowls!!

Jackie said...

Oh Cool, I hope we can go again together, that was fun! I love the bowls I got!

oldgreymare said...

I've only missed a few of these and my bowl collection garners it's own drawer. Thanks for the reminder, and for linking...I missed it last year.

I do see the price has gone up but still worth it big time! See you there this many years did we pass each other there not knowing?


Razmataz said...

They are all lovley, and what a gret way to own a piece of original pottery.

Colleen Mcgraw said...

a great charity event, had a wonderful time the first year I went.

Anonymous said...

Great idea...wish I lived close pottery!

Ahl Cooped Up said...

The 7 things about me. One was that I love bowls!
I wish I could be there. I would gobble them up.
You're a sweetie promoting this event.
It's a great cause.

Hopewell Creek Designs said...

Oh that is so awesome.I'm like Theanne I wish I could be there to do it too!

Carole said...

I've heard of these events but I've never had a chance to go to one. I should google it and see when the next one is around us.
Thanks for stopping by too. And no it wasn't that bad. lol


Colleen said...

I plan on going this year so I hope I can meet you Chicas there!!!!!