Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Charity through pottery makes a difference

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Feb. 6, 2013 at 7:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:06 p.m.

Everyone knows how it feels to be hungry. That familiar gnawing feeling in the pit of your stomach greets you when you wake up in the morning and makes an appearance as your daily life unfolds.

But how many people know how it feels to be hungry with no food available? That is the question behind the ninth annual Victoria Empty Bowls Project, which will be at the Victoria College Student Center on Sunday.

Every year, this event raises money by serving a bowlful of soup in a handmade bowl, a piece of bread and a drink to attendees for $15. The event also features a silent auction with specially made items and a pottery sale featuring works by Victoria College art students. The money raised goes to Christ's Kitchen, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry, Victoria County Senior Citizens Center and Victoria Empty Bowls Arts Scholarship.

Sherri Pall, co-chairwoman of Empty Bowls, said last year's event raised $11,367. This year, she hopes to exceed that. Throughout the year, students and area artists work to make enough bowls for the event, including holding bowl-a-thons, where artists spend hours working their wheels to create enough bowls for the event. The yearly goal is 500 bowls. This year, Pall estimates about 600 bowls were made, although some are still in the process of being fired. Any bowls that do not fire properly will be placed outside, where event attendees can pay to smash them against a wall of cinder blocks.

We are excited to see this program return for another year in Victoria. This is a purely local effort involving businesses from the Crossroads, as well as bowls and items created by area artists with the proceeds benefiting organizations that serve our community.

Pall said she enjoys seeing the event come together every year. Volunteers from the community, as well as respiratory care students, physical therapy assistance students, faculty and staff, art students and members of the Leo Club from Victoria East High School all work together to bring this event to the community.

On top of the volunteers and all of the artists who make the bowls, the event also relies on the restaurants, caterers and companies who sponsor and supply the soups. Many of these companies are ready and willing to take part every year, Pall said. This year, Colony Creek will be joining the list of soups available. There will also be a live pottery demonstration by Charley Pritchard, who owns Luling Icehouse Pottery. Pritchard was featured in Texas Highways magazine and some of his work will be available at the event as well.

We look forward to attending this year's Empty Bowls event, and we encourage others to come to this widely popular program. This event takes money from members of the community and puts it straight back into organizations who help those around us, and we applaud those who help put this effort together. We hope you will come out and enjoy a bowlful of soup and have some fun while helping feed others.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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