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Empty Bowls 2016
Empty Bowls 2016
Posted on 11/15/2016
Bowls in a kiln

Empty Bowls Projects have been popular among potters for some time. It is a way to give back to the community and help those in the community who are in need. The concept is simple. Potters create a series of soup bowls that are food safe, later offering the bowls for auction. These auctions have been held in several formats. Live auctions where bidding can become fast and furious with immediate results, silent auctions or online auctions such as our project. After payment has been received, the bowls are then delivered or shipped to the winners.

Our Empty Bowls Project is basically the same, with a few exceptions. We are supporting The New Kent County Social Services Food Pantry, which serves our local residents.  Wea re auctioning both bowl and cup sets as well as some individual cups, plates, or bowls.  All of our items were made by either the instructor, Susan Musselman or her students, ranging in age and ability from fourteen to seventeen years and first through fourth year students. Some are thrown (created on a potters wheel) the rest are press molded. The press molded pieces have interesting finger marks from the very student who created the bowl, making it personal, much like ancient Japanese tea bowls. As our bowls were press molded by hand as well as thrown, the unique shape and thickness vary and the look of each bowl is often not completely symmetrical, which only adds to the character of the work. No two items are identical in size or shape, but they will accommodate approximately 6-8 oz. 

Our project has grown since our last outing with more variety and increased interest. Thank you for supporting our students here are New Kent High School and their desire to help others in their community. Visit our 
auction page to participate!

Chili & Check Nite
Save the date! December 14, 2016 at 6:00 PM at
New Kent High School
Culinary Arts Room

You are cordially invited to the event where a check for our total amount raised will be presented to a representative of The New Kent County Social Services Food Pantry. Chef Neko Burson and his students will be preparing food for those purchasing bowls.


If for some reason you are unable to come during the evening or want to pick up your empty bowl early, we are happy to accommodate.

Please let us know via email/phone when we notify you of your purchase if you are attending Chili and Check Nite, picking up during the day or other plans to get your bowl.

Susan and her students would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you" to a local community pottery studio,Rosewood Pottery. The owners of Rosewood Pottery, Janet Lopatofsky and Kathleen Lipinski, who upon hearing about the project graciously offered to donate the clay, glazes and glaze firing to support this worthy local project. In addition, Rosewood Pottery has formed an invaluable partnership with the Ceramics Program at New Kent High School to support the Arts and benefit our students by spending time with us to demonstrate additional throwing skills and techniques.

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