Last fall, many members of the Enumclaw community, including Mayor Liz Reynolds, gathered in the pottery department at Green River Community College (GRCC) in Auburn along with students and faculty to kick-off the Empty Bowls project with a "throw off" in which they throw (create) bowls from clay.
In that one day, the potters completed between 150 to 200 bowls. () We don't have an updated count yet on how many bowls have been made since, but the more the better as these bowls will be given to those who attend the Empty Bowl project gathering at Enumclaw High School this upcoming Friday, March 2 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
So if you don't yet have plans for Friday, consider coming to admire the craftsmanship that went behind the creation of each bowl, but Empty Bowls is about more than just pottery. The purpose behind the project is two-fold:
- Think globally: Come together to share a soup meal and then take home a bowl of their choice as a reminder of all empty bowls in the world that cannot be filled.
- Act locally: The proceeds from their participation will support those in need in the Enumclaw area, including Plateau Outreach Ministries and the Kiwanis Food Bank.
Mayor Reynolds, a clay artist herself, is spearheading the event which is presented by a committee comprised of members from organizations that include the Green River Community College Pottery Department, Enumclaw Kiwanis, Enumclaw Rotary, Plateau Outreach Ministries, Arts Alive! Center For the Arts and The Enumclaw School District.
And many local businesses (see which ones).
There's been much discussion about the issue of hunger right here on the Enumclaw Plateau, and something exciting is afoot in developing a local hot food program ().
What could be a better time that an event like Empty Bowls to truly sit together, enjoy a simple soup meal and talk about these issues that are pressing not halfway around the world but right here in our own backyards.
Tickets are $20 per person and will be available at the door. Choose your bowl on a first come, first served basis. Go to www.emptybowlswa.org for more information.
We'll be there. Will you?