Dawn Christensen on wed 12 sep 07
I do Empty Bowls with my 8th grade students. We make plaster and clay
stamps, roulettes, the Hunger task Force comes and we do a simulation where the
students assume an identity and learn about different service and charitable
agencies. We write about our experiences. The foods teacher has soup
contests, makes 4 different soups, we do a presentation on the event night to the
community. Event goers get a bowl of soup, a roll, and a bowl to keep.
We vote as to where the money goes. We like it to stay in out community,
usually the local food pantry, give some money for the school guidance
counselor to give to school families in need, and this last year money went to give
kids breakfast in the summer who usually get it in school during the year. It
is a positive experience that has evolved and I am proud of my students.
Normally we just use food safe glazes. This year the other art teacher
wants to use under glazes, saying they are "food safe" with a clear glaze over
them. What do you think? We slump our bowls inside bowls we buy from Goodwill
and we look for ones with rims to decorate with our stamps. I could see
doing the rim only, but I am hesitant. Please give me your opinions. Dawn
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Lynn Goodman Porcelain Pottery on wed 12 sep 07
> Normally we just use food safe glazes. This year the other art
> wants to use under glazes, saying they are "food safe" with a
> clear glaze over
> them. What do you think? We slump our bowls inside bowls we buy
> from Goodwill
> and we look for ones with rims to decorate with our stamps. I
> could see
> doing the rim only, but I am hesitant. Please give me your
> opinions. Dawn
There are lots of food safe, commercial underglazes and clear glazes.
In fact, MOST of the commercial underglazes and clear glazes are, in
fact, food safe and lead free. Just check what you're buying to make
sure what you choose specifically is OK.
Marty Morgan on thu 13 sep 07
I've been doing an Empty Bowl event for 7 years. The first few years we had
only bowls made by area potters or students in local schools. When we
reached the 500 in attendance mark I had to look for easier ways to provide
more bowls. I now make some lo-fire white bowls and purchase some round and
square rice bowls for members of the community to decorate for the EB event.
This has led to even greater community involvement and connection to the
Food Pantry. . I have made large lo-fire bowls and had local painters
decorate them for a silent auction as part of the event.
We use Gare FunStrokes, available in endless colors (all with silly
names), covered with their clear dipping glaze, fired to cone 06. Both the
underglaze Fun Strokes and the clear glaze are non-toxic. The underglazes
may be mixed, like paint, to create new colors. I'd be happy to send a few
pictures directly to you if you're interested.