More than 1,000 ceramic bowls made by volunteers from around the community will be on sale at the 2017 Empty Bowls Evansville, a charity event to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 11 at Sauced, located in the Haynie’s Corner Arts District at 1113 Parrett Street in Evansville.
Empty Bowls is a national non-profit organization that lends its name to any organization that wants to raise funds for hunger by making and selling ceramic bowls. Alisa Holen, associate professor of ceramics at the University of Southern Indiana, has organized the Evansville Empty Bowls since 2011. Holen’s students work alongside many volunteer groups, including local civic groups, businesses, high schools and various USI student organizations and employees. USI ceramics students learn and practice making bowls on the potter’s wheel for the first four weeks of the semester and then instruct volunteers on creating the bowls.
At this year’s events, all bowls made by the community are available for a $10 donation, which includes gourmet soup, bread and beverages provided by local restaurants and businesses. This year will feature a “Pro-Bowl” room with professionally made bowls at prices ranging from $20 – $200.
All of the event proceeds will go to area food-based charities assisting Evansville’s homeless population. Last year the group raised $13,000, with the proceeds split between United Caring Shelters, Echo Housing, Aurora Inc. and House of Bread and Peace.