Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Ceramics - Empty Bowls

Before we start on first projects, we will make a piece for the Empty Bowls Project.  These pieces are our "first fruits".  

Proverbs 3:9-10 tells us:  "Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine."

This is fund raiser for area food ministries that FPD art students began participating in three years ago.  We have a soup dinner and sell our ceramic bowls, platters and vases.


Below is from the Empty Bowls website to further explain the project.  Why should FPD participate?
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.
It is the collective genius of all the people involved that has made Empty Bowls what it has become. 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. We could never have imagined all the things people have done or all the ways the project has touched people.
Each individual or group organizing an event designs it around the needs of their own community and is responsible for their own event. We ask that all such events are called "Empty Bowls" so that the idea can continue to spread. Please make your event inclusive, insist that it maintain a high level of integrity, include an educational component to raise awareness, and give the money raised to an organization helping to feed people in need.
The largest hunger-relief organization in the United States,  Feeding America,  reports that the nation’s food banks could soon be overwhelmed by demand. Statistics show that 1 out of 8 Americans struggle with food insecurity every day. Millions of people have lost their jobs during the most recent recession and the number of food stamp recipients has increased dramatically. Your help is needed now more than ever. Please find the time, make the commitment, get involved. Your single effort can have a profound impact.
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year but when you volunteer, you vote everyday about the kind of community you want to live in.”  -Marjorie Moore

19 comments:

  1. I think it is really important for us to participate in empty bowls because it is good to help people that are hungry.

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  2. Empty Bowls is a wonderful organization that utilizes the creativity of artists across several different countries in order to rise money and provide aid for starving people.
    -John Lester

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  3. I think this is a great organization to get involved in and help others who aren't as fortunate as we are. It's also a good way to share our mission statement with others and share God's word of how we need to help others.

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  4. I think this is a pretty good idea because it help people that are hungry and helps people have good memories that partipated in it. Jackson Martin

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  5. Projects like these are examples of people's natural instinct to do good for others. It should be expected that our school participate in Empty Bowls.
    Gabby Lindau

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  6. Mary Katherine RogersAugust 18, 2016 at 6:03 AM

    I think that it is important for us to do project like this. It shows our community that we care about them and that we are willing to help.

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  7. I think putting this project first in the quarter is a great idea because we are putting others before ourselves. This shows what FPD is all about.

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  8. it is good way to assist those in need, it is a unique form of community service. i think it is a great way to get students involved.

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  9. I think Empty Bowls is such a great organization because it allows us to use our God given gifts to serve others. This is an awesome way to give back to our community and glorify God with our talents in the process.

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  10. I think participating in Empty Bowls allows us to incorporate serving others into school. It shows that our school cares about others and we want to help.

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  11. I think empty bowls is a great organization, it gets lot of people involved in helping others and raises awareness for all the empty bowls in the world. Carrie Walsh

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  12. Empty Bowls is an important thing for us to participate in so that we can fight hunger and help out our community.

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  13. This organization is a great cause to help those in our community. it is also a good way to remind us of those who don't have any food to eat. Tyler Schultz

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  14. I think this is great because we need to help people that are hungry as much as we can.

    Colton Dixon

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  15. Empty bowls is a great way to remind people that their are people that are starving everyday.
    Lindsey Strickland

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  16. Empty bowls is such a good cause and I'm glad FPD chooses to participate! It's a lot of fun to make bowls and it benefits those who are in need in the community too.

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  17. Empty Bowls gives us a chance to serve our community. We are called by God to serve by helping others in need. We have more than most people could imagine, so it is our job to give to others.

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  18. I think the Empty Bowls is a fun and creative way to help the community! Erin Brown.

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  19. I think that Empty Bowls gives us an opportunity to serve those in our community through art and that is exciting!
    -Thomas McBride

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