The Itasca County Empty Bowls fundraiser is now in its 11th year. As the annual event will be held on March 28, 2013, there is currently a lot of work going on behind the scenes. Each year, the event planners look for ways to involve the community in not just attending the event, but helping prepare for it by making and decorating or “glazing” ceramic bowls.
The Empty Bowls event raises funds for local hunger relief agencies Second Harvest North Central Food Bank and the Community Café. Members of the public are invited to lunch or dinner in which they receive a meal of soup and bread and a handmade ceramic bowl to take home. Each year, local restaurants generously donate soup for the event, and local ceramic artists work with the community to create bowls in an activity that blends artistic expression with a good cause.
Once again, MacRostie Art Center in downtown Grand Rapids will host two days of community glazings open to members of the public. There are over 150 bowls to glaze made by local artists including Bruce Bartos, Lea Friesen, Emma Swindlehurst, and Caleb Wood. These bowls come in all shapes and sizes and are awaiting the glazing and firing process that will turn them into decorative and functional vessels. The completed bowls will be donated to the Empty Bowls event, although Community Glazing participants will have the opportunity to purchase their glazed bowls in advance.
The Community Glazings are open to anyone age 10 and up and will be held on Saturday, February 2 and Saturday, February 9 in two sessions each day from 11 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm. This event is free, but space is limited so pre-registration is requested. For more information or to sign up for a session contact MacRostie Art Center at 218-326-2697.