Empty Bowls: Combining art and charity to tackle hunger

May 3, 2023Melissa Trevizo
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Empty Bowls Event Feb. 18

Alongside Empty Bowls Houston, the San Jacinto College Central Campus invited students, staff, and the public to get creative to tackle hunger with a pottery bowl-a-thon Feb. 18.

Art students and families put their creativity to the test with a mound of clay. The College provided the needed supplies, and no experience was necessary.

“In total we made 85 bowls to contribute to the event,” said Michael Unger, San Jac ceramics instructor. “We offered guidance and assisted where needed, but most people created a bowl on their own.”

San Jac has participated in Empty Bowls each year the event has occurred since 2005.

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Michael Unger
Unger and students glaze and fire the bowls, which then go to Empty Bowls Houston for sale. This year’s sale will be Saturday, May 20, at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

“Potters across the Houston area donate bowls, and when they are sold, 100% of the proceeds go to the Houston Food Bank,” said Unger.

For a minimum $25 donation, attendees can choose from hundreds of handcrafted bowls, then receive to-go soup prepared by the Houston Food Bank’s 535 Catering. The event will also feature pottery and woodturning demonstrations and live music.

To learn more about Empty Bowls Houston, visit houstonfoodbank.com/emptybowls

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