2017-08-10 / Top News

Potters pitch in to fill a community need


Brian Piesch at the wheel Brian Piesch at the wheel An even dozen local potters gathered at Clay More Ceramics on a recent Sunday afternoon to throw pots that eventually will be painted and ultimately filled with soup in the Empty Bowls Naples quest to fight hunger in Collier County.

Between now and the 12th annual Empty Bowls lunch on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, more than 3,000 bowls will be handmade and hand-painted to be sold or auctioned at the event in Cambier Park. Area restaurants and chefs donate soups and bread, and the $10 cost of admission (bowl included) lets Empty Bowls Naples support various local organizations that provide food to those in need.

The latest “throwing day” at Clay More Ceramics added 150 soup bowls and 10 auction pieces to the growing inventory. Owner Sara Wilson regularly opens her studio for area potters who lend their time and talent to the cause. Ms. Wilson was joined by Kathy Anderson, Jordan Blankenship, Betsy Dawson, Josh Holbrook, Jennifer Meistrell, John Moon, Brian Piesch, Rinny Ryan, Carol and Philip Stonen and Mary Thompson for the most recent effort.

Josh Holbrook Josh Holbrook The next step for the bowls is a group painting party hosted by Empty Bowls Naples. Ages 13 and up are welcome to express their artistic side and turn the plain clay vessels into works of art. The next painting parties are from 2-5 p.m. Sunday and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13-14, at Empty Bowls Naples headquarters, 2221 Corporation Blvd. No experience is necessary. Participation is free, and all bowls, paints and brushes are provided (along with helpful artistic hints).

Service clubs, office and church groups as well as neighbors and friends can organize their own group painting parties as well. NCH, Jewish Family & Community Services, Jaycees, Women’s Cultural Alliance and residents of The Terraces are among those that have held parties so far. For more information, visit www.emptybowlsnaples.com. ¦

Rinny Ryan and Betsy Dawson Rinny Ryan and Betsy Dawson Empty Bowls Naples painting parties

>> What: A chance for the public (ages 13 and older) to paint bowls for the 2018 Empty Bowls Naples lunch

>> When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14 (same hours Sunday and Monday, Sept. 17-18)

>> Where: Empty Bowls Naples, 2221 Corporation Blvd.

>> Cost: Free

>> RSVP: Email friendsofebn@gmail.com

Sara Wilson Sara Wilson

Jennifer Meistrell Jennifer Meistrell

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