Words by Sam Stephens. Photos by Paige French.
A friend of mine has always had these beautiful handmade bowls, mugs, and plates. They were simple, but you could feel their weight. They felt like someone put their heart into the grooves and divots. None were perfect, but they made every meal feel warmer, more filling. They made dinner more of an experience.
The Empty Bowls Project, a movement created by potters with the intention of eliminating hunger, aims to share that feeling by hosting events that marry the skill of potters with local Athens chefs and farmers to provide attendees a beautiful handmade bowl with a fantastic meal inside. More importantly, they aim to raise as much money as possible for organizations fighting to end hunger and support the rights of women, minority groups, refugees, undocumented immigrants, protestors and the environment.
On January 16th, Martin Luther King Day and the week of Inauguration, there’s going to be a regional Empty Bowls event at The Old Pal. All proceeds will benefit the Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition and the American Civil Liberties Union. They’re still accepting bowl donations from potters, provided that they are shipped to Athens by January 10th.
If you’re interested in more information, or you’d like to donate a bowl, please contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org! More information and links to purchase tickets are coming soon.