From left, Nick Katzfey, Barry Midgorden and Virginia Pfau Thompson make ceramic bowls at the Cochise College Sierra Vista Campus on June 14 to benefit the Sierra Vista Empty Bowls Project.
SIERRA VISTA — The Cochise College Ceramics Studio hosted its first Throw-a-Bowl-a-Thon on Saturday morning to benefit the Sierra Vista Empty Bowls Project in the fall.
More than 20 individuals filled the studio in the Art Building on the Sierra Vista Campus in an effort to make 300 bowls to go toward the seventh Sierra Vista Empty Bowls Project, scheduled for Oct. 25. The annual event, part of an international fight to end hunger, raises money for local food pantries, shelters, banks and kitchens.
“We focus on food insecurity,” said J.R. Maynard, who contributes bowls to the cause every year and is working toward making 500 before October. “These organizations are not only benefitting the homeless, but families in our community that are in need, too.”
Those who attend the Empty Bowls event in October and make a donation of $10 or more receive a handcrafted bowl, created throughout the year by individuals who participate in Throw-a-Thons (for seasoned throwers) and Bowl-a-Thons (for beginners), as well as those who make bowls at home in their spare time or in the studios at the community center and college.
Maynard said the Empty Bowls Project is hoping to have 1,500 bowls donated for this year’s event. Contributing to its success is 1,500 pounds of clay donated by Marjon Ceramics, an Arizona business with locations in Tucson and Phoenix that donates toward Empty Bowls Projects all over the state.
In the fall, members of the community and the college’s students will be invited back to the Sierra Vista Campus to glaze and decorate the bowls in anticipation of the Empty Bowls Project main event. For more information, email Virginia Pfau Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Sierra Vista Empty Bowls Project to be held at the Ethel Berger Center on Oct. 25, visit the Pottery Studio at Sierra Vista in the Oscar Yrun Community Center. To find out more about the international Empty Bowls movement, visit www.emptybowls.net.