Ceramics II students Anna Holden, Kait Massie, Chastity Mathes, Nicolette Davis, Ceramics Instructor Sarah Teasley, Susan Causey, Joanna Steven and Darla Schallenberger are shown with their handmade bowls that will be used for fundraising through grassroots organization Empty Bowls.
Empty Bowls focuses on raising money to help organizations fight hunger. Empty Bowls events take place all across the country, and though none of them are affiliated, they all go by the same name and serve the same purpose.
Ceramics Instructor Sarah Teasley first became involved with the project when she was a graduate student at the University of Mississippi studying ceramics. It was a natural next step to bring the project to Hinds.
"I delight in the fact that handmade pots can bring people together, offer comfort, cultivate kinship, and raise money for a worthy cause," Teasley said.
The students in Ceramics II class have been steadily working on bowls to donate to the Empty Bowls event that will take placein Oxford this month. This is the second year the Hinds Ceramics class has donated bowls. Last year, the class donated 93 bowls. This year students have more than doubled their effort, with more than 225 bowls. Many Empty Bowls events may include a meal of soup served in the unique bowls in return for a donation.
"Participating in this event with my own students creates space for conversations about the virtues of handmade pottery and the importance of giving. As one of my students said, the commitment of thought, creativity, and time when making bowls for this event allows them to develop a personal solution to a very real problem," Teasely said.
Below are photos of the students working towards completing the bowls.
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Go here for more information about the Empty Bowls Project.