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Pavilion Spotlight: Community crafting Empty Bowls

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It starts with a ball of clay. Slowly, it begins to take shape. With good direction and some effort, a beautiful bowl is the outcome.

While making these bowls is fun, they signify something much more.

"So, the whole idea of Empty Bowls is to raise awareness about hunger and different organizations that work to prevent it in our community and to raise funds for them," said Rose Ann Hofland, the Washington Pavilion's Director of the Community Learning Center.

400 bowls have been made at the Washington Pavilion's pottery studio. Business leaders, students, and helpful community members have been crafting these for the Empty Bowls dinner.

"What I do is I show them how to make one. We paint them while they're spinning on the wheel, and I just help them through making their first bowl. A lot of these bowls have turned out great," said Mercedes Maltese, a Visual Arts Education Specialist.

A $10 ticket to March 7th's dinner will buy you a yummy bowl of soup, Breadsmith bread, a cupcake from Oh My Cupcakes, and a homemade keepsake.

"I would say probably 80 percent of the people who have made bowls for this project had never been on a pottery wheel before, so it was an educational piece as well as something that's giving back to the community," said Hofland.

If you're interested in attending the Empty Bowls dinner or want to make a monetary donation please click on this link:

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