(VIDEO) Patch Editors Make 'Empty Bowls'

The bowls are for an ICA Foodshelf and ResourceWest fundraiser.

Patch editors are reporters and writers, photographers and videographers. We do a little bit of everything. One thing we don’t normally do, though, is make clay bowls.

That didn’t stop us from heading to on Friday and taking a turn at the pottery wheel.

We were just two people in a room full of largely untrained potters making bowls for the .

The event raises money for ResourceWest and . People from all over the community first get together for bowl-making events. In our case, Hopkins High School art instructor Terry Chamberlain’s pottery students ensured we didn’t mess up too bad (although one of us did have a memorable failure).

Empty Bowls then takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 13 at the . Attendees make a free will donation; choose their favorite bowl from among 1,000s created by local artists, students and volunteers; enjoy a simple bowl of soup and bread and return home with the bowl.

There will also be musical entertainment, and professional artists have donated bowls and related art for a silent auction.

raised close to $90,000 for the two organizations.

So please be kind if you happen to see a plain brown bowl or an even-uglier bowl sporting pink stripes. We meant well—and we’re clearly not potters.


Mark Purdy February 06, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Good Job James, Glad we never let you fix clocks. LOL Mark Purdy Blackstone Manor Clock Repair
James Warden February 06, 2012 at 11:36 PM
As much as I love your clocks, Mark, you really should keep me away from their innards. Fine detail is not my specialty — whether bowls or gears.
Diane R Bangerter February 07, 2012 at 03:33 PM
This is a great video, hope it inspires lots of people to come to "Empty Bowls" for a wonderful way to give to our community. Diane
Kate Rivard February 29, 2012 at 01:28 AM
The event is a great way to taste soup from area vendors, learn more 'bout who's selling what in the neighborhood, and then pick out your most prized possession of the year, a unique bowl.


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