Empty Bowls battle world hunger


Carina Chu

Art teacher Meredith Stevens and her students have already created a number of bowls for the Empty Bowls projects.

Ceramics class may be all about clay and sculpting, but it doesn’t have to be for class work or recreation. Some ceramic pieces can be made and sold to benefit some organizations.

Art teacher Meredith Stevens and her ceramics classes have been creating bowls for Our Daily Bread’s event, Empty Bowls. The regional event benefits each areas’ hungry or needy.

The Empty Bowls event will be held at the Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax City, on Feb 28. from 6 to 8:30 p.m. It draws students and local artists together who make bowls for sale.

Ceramics students will donate at least 90 bowls  while attendees enjoy music, a silent auction, raffles and food. Sold bowls can get filled with soup at the event. Adult attendees are asked for a $30 donation online and $35 at the door. Proceeds will go to local food banks.

Students can either hand-build their bowls or make them on the potter’s wheel. They were required to make a bowl big enough to eat out of.

“I hand-built my bowl,” senior Linda Le said. “I had to make sure it wasn’t too thick or too thin.”

Students find this assignment helpful for the community and themselves.

“We use our skills to help others,” Le said.

Stevens believes this project will benefit not only her students but their peers and community.

“We have so many students who are in need,” Stevens said. “What better way to give back to the community that helps them then by doing this and raising the awareness for this?”