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empty bowls during nceca next year

updated mon 18 sep 00


Chris Schafale on sun 17 sep 00


Last spring I floated the idea of organizing an Empty Bowls event
next March during NCECA in Charlotte. I got enough enthusiastic
responses that I went ahead with planning, and now I want to let all
of you know the details that have been worked out. We have
locations, food, and many of the logistics taken care of -- now we
need the bowls! I'm hoping many of you will help, by donating
bowls, and by telling your potter friends and students about this
event. Please forward the information below to anyone you know
who might be interested. I also have printed brochures available --
just let me know how many you want and where to mail them.
Thanks in advance for your help!

Chris Schafale


Just One Bowl

An Empty Bowls Exhibit and Sale

to be held in conjunction with the

National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)

National Conference,

Charlotte, NC,

March 28-31, 2001

Sponsored by the Triangle Potters Guild of Raleigh, NC, the
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, and Clay Matters of
Charlotte, NC


0000,0000,0000What are we seeking?

Just one bowl each, from as many potters as possible. We=92d like
to have donations of at least 500 bowls from 500 different potters.

Bowls may be of any size, using any method of clay work, and
may be functional or not, as you choose. Bowls that are not food-
safe should be clearly and permanently marked.

0100,0100,0100What is Empty Bowls?

Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger. The idea is
simple =96 participants create and donate ceramic bowls, then
guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. Guests
make a donation, choose a bowl to keep, and share the meal,
taking the bowl home as a reminder that we all can take small
steps to reduce hunger. The money is given to organizations that
fight hunger. Empty Bowls events have been held around the
country since 1991, and have raised literally millions of dollars for
hunger relief. For us as potters, it=92s a wonderful way to use the
work we love to relieve suffering and help create a better world.

What is NCECA?

NCECA is the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts.
Members of NCECA are teachers, artists in functional and/or
sculptural works in clay, students, and many others who are
interested in the ceramic arts. The annual NCECA conference, to
be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, next March, will be attended
by potters and educators from around the country and the world.

What will happen at this event?

This will be a combination exhibit and sale. Bowls will be on
display from March 22-29, during the NCECA conference, for
conference-goers and the public. The bowls will be sold at a
luncheon on Friday, March 30. All bowls will be individually priced,
based on retail prices suggested by donors or estimated market

Where does the money go?

All proceeds will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metroli=
which serves the 17-county area surrounding Charlotte, NC. The
Food Bank coordinates food donations to hundreds of local hunger-
fighting agencies, and is a member of the national Second Harvest
food bank network. The Food Bank is a local sponsor of this event
and is coordinating the location, publicity, and food for the

Where will the event be held?

The pre-event exhibit will take place at Spirit Square Gallerie=
s in
uptown Charlotte. The luncheon and sale will be held at St. Peter=92s
Episcopal Church, also in uptown Charlotte, a few blocks from the
NCECA convention site.

Who can participate?

You can! Potters of all ages, all skill levels and all approaches to
clay work are welcome, and potters from any region of the country
may contribute.

How can I contribute?

E-mail Chris Schafale at so we will know you =

are planning to contribute. Then make a bowl. You may ship your
bowl to Charlotte at any time, bring it with you to NCECA if you
are attending the conference, or drop it off at a collection point if
there is one in your area. To find out if there is a collection point
near you, or to volunteer to be a collection point for your area,
please call Chris Schafale at (919) 567-1098 or email

Where do I send my bowl?

If you would like to ship your bowl, please send it to: hboth>

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

500-B Spratt St.

Charlotte, NC 28206.

Please mark the box clearly on the outside =93Empty Bowls=94. =

Please include a couple of business cards if you have them, or =
slip of paper with your name and address, so we can acknowledge
your contribution. If you sell your work, please also include a
suggested retail price for your bowl.

When do the bowls need to be ready?

To be eligible for the pre-event exhibit, please send us your b=
owl at
any time between now and March 15, 2001. If you have a bowl
ready, send it along =96 there=92s no need to wait!

If you are bringing your bowl to a collection point, please get it
there by March 15, so we can be sure it gets collected and gets to
Charlotte on time. If you will be bringing your bowl to the
conference with you, there will be a designated drop-off point at the
conference site starting Wednesday, March 28.

Can I donate more than one bowl?

Yes, certainly! We also encourage you to collect bowls from yo=
friends, students and fellow potters.

How can I get more information about this event or volunteer to

Call Chris Schafale at (919) 567-1098 or email

Light One Candle Pottery
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, USA
(south of Raleigh)

Coyotbeth@AOL.COM on sun 17 sep 00

Hey Chris,
If you will send us a few, we could post them at the gallery.