The day of the event Empty Bowl Service Club members, Advanced, AP and Alumni potters were organizing the items, pairing donations with vessels, determining final prices and designing floral arrangements. Parents and friends arrived early to help set up and stayed to help run the sale. Students, parents and community members mingled in the hallway as if they were at an opening at the Walker Art Center. Students worked the crowd sharing stories about making the work and organizing the event. Their stories so intriguing that the patrons were compelled to purchase items.
A very special thank you is deserved by the many individuals and local businesses that provided the donations that were paired with the pottery, financial support, and talent to make this new event successful, we were able to raise $3,400.00 for Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners (IOCP)
. Your contributions have made it possible for many residents to know when their next meal will be, promoted the arts among our children, brought together our community for a good cause and instilled in me another moment of awe and respect as I watched a simple lump of clay transform my students into creative, caring individuals that are engaged and passionate about giving.
What a night! Not only were there beautifully, skillfully crafted platters/bowls/trays and vases, all begging to be touched, turned, filled and enjoyed—but also, in the display cases, captivating drawings, graphics, photos and paintings executed with incredible skill and intelligence. These works seem way beyond the reach of high school students and is a clear reflection on the quality of their teachers. And then to cap it off, an evening of singing with such attention to harmony, rhythm and dictation—how could so many sing as one? And create such moments of joy?
Fingers, eyes, ears all reveled in delight. Congratulations and thank you for your transformative work!