Monday, January 9, 2017

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


  1. I think that FPD helping people who do not have a lot of food is really nice and encouraging. We take a lot for granted at FPD and so it's important for us to realize that some people struggle with finding food and it's nice to be able to help them too.

    1. this is stupid i completely disagree you suck you will fail this class - Denson Martin

  2. Austin Bardash - this is a wonderful organization that is striving to make life better for people who struggle with hunger.

  3. i really like this organization that just wants too help out the less fortunate.they are really inspiring. -Bryant Beall

  4. I really like the quote at the end about how volunteering controls what kind of community you live in. I also like that we are doing something that takes time and effort to raise some money to provide for people that cannot provide for themselves.

  5. I feel that this event is very beneficial for students looking to get more volunteer hours. As Marjorie Moore once said, “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.” -Alex Bercik

  6. i think that this is really cool that this was started to help those in need - Jacob Miller

  7. i think that this a very helpful and great thing that we are doing, i believe this is the will of God and this is what we were put on this earth for: to serve him and serve others. - Denson Martin

  8. Empty bowls is a very important activity that should be participate, because it give us opportunity to help people who really need to be helping, by using our art work, we can help people by using our own hand.

    Will Sun

  9. I think this is a great project for us to do because as students at FPD, we all have full bowls to go home to for our meals. Some people around the world do not have bowls at all to eat from. It is a project where we can raise money to go to the underprivileged and create bowls for ourselves as a reminder that we are blessed and should share our blessings with others.

  10. I think it's neat how we can create something so simple such as a bowl with our bare hands that can make such an impact on people and their community. We can take our artistic ability to help change the food struggle throughout the world.
    -Dallis Foshee

  11. i think that this organization creates a positive impact on the community by combining art and the desire to end world hunger. Artists get to show off their skills while creating a better community. Avery

  12. I think this a great organization that helps families in need. Everyone who is able to help, should. I'm sure every little donation would help.
    - Torrian McSwain

  13. I think it is a great organization, and it is also a great opportunity that we can help other people who need help as a students.
    ----Jack Yang