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Platters that Matter Raises Nearly $3,400 for IOCP

The very idea of changing Empty Bowls to something else got me thinking about what that would be like. Could we stop doing Empty Bowls, I think not. A simple suggestion had come to me to change Empty Bowls to Empty Plates. After all, some members of the community have more than 20 bowls in their kitchens from various WHS Empty Bowl dinners that they have attended. In planning for this year’s Empty Bowl event another idea surfaced. What about sponsoring a fundraising Pottery sale as a pre-event to Empty Bowls, highlighting plates? This year’s Empty Bowl Service club diligently formed slabs into serving trays, others made pizza stones, vases and Ooh La La bowls. Starting in September, students collaboratively made pots and their creativity fueling what the event would become. They became the production managers thus ultimately owning the event.
 
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!  
 
Donations from:
Donations from Advanced Pottery students and their families
Platters that Matter Collage