The Fort Saskatchewan Pottery Guild would like to thank everyone that supported the Empty Bowl Event on September 21st, 2017! We were overwhelmed by your generosity! We reached our 200 bowl goal in one hour!

Many many thanks to all the owners and their staff at the Co-op grocerie store, the Downtown Diner and Gloria’s Soup Spot for donating time and soup to the Empty Bowls Event again this year. This year we sold 220 bowls in under an hour and donated $2200 to the Fort Saskatchewan Food Bank! Thank you to all our wonderful potters who threw, trimmed and glazed all the bowls…GREAT JOB EVERYONE!!A very special thank you to the Fort Saskatchewan businesses that sponsored the food for the event. The Co-op,  the Downtown Diner and Gloria’s Soup Spot.

Please see photos of the event below. The First photo is the presentation of the proceeds to the Food Bank The next three photos are of our sponsors. The remaining photos are of the sale.

Empty Bowls is an initiative held in conjunction, usually, with World Hunger Day, or World Food Day.

What is World Food Day?

World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. Usually in October, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Because when it comes to hunger, the only acceptable number in the world is zero.

World Food Day celebrates the creation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on October 16, 1945 in Quebec, Canada. First established in 1979, World Food Day has since then been observed in almost every country by millions of people. In North America, grassroots events and public awareness campaigns engage diverse audiences in action against hunger. From hunger walks and World Food Day dinners to meal packaging events and food drives, there are many ways for people to be a part of solutions to hunger. Each year, advocates come together to raise awareness and engage Americans and Canadians in the movement to end hunger. Led by the FAO Liaison Officer for North America, the World Food Day USA & Canada Network includes over 60 organizations, universities and companies that are working to achieve a zero hunger world.

“Empty Bowls” allows participating artists and groups to create and donate bowls and in some communities, ceramic artists are joined by wood turners, glassblowers, fiber artists, metal smiths, painters, sculptors and other artists and craftspeople. One hundred percent of each meal’s proceeds are devoted to local hunger-fighting organizations, such as food banks or soup kitchens, or to national or international charitable groups. “Empty Bowls” events can be sponsored by local potters and artists organizations, churches, community service organizations and schools. The expressed objectives of “Empty Bowls” are:

  • Raise as much money as possible to feed the world’s hungry people. Lives are in the balance.

  • Increase awareness of hunger and related issues. Through education, awareness, concerned individuals can change human attitudes that allow hunger to exist.

Advocate for arts education. Nurturing the creative process through the arts enhances the possibility of finding new solutions to old problems.

This is the second year the Fort Saskatchewan Pottery Guild has been a part of this global event, this Souper Event! and we’re pretty excited! We have great potters who make beautiful wares and the bowls coming out of our kilns are going to be special, both handmade and wheel thrown. Our goal is to raise awareness of the growing need for foodbanks everywhere, but specifically Fort Saskatchewan, and to raise funds supporting the work done at the local Food Bank. How do we do this? We asked our members to volunteer their time to make bowls, and these bowls will be sold with a voucher redeemable at a local restaurant for a bowl of soup. The cost is $10, and the buyer keeps the bowl. We have three local businesses on board already – Gloria’s Soup Spot, The Downtown Diner and  The Co-op and our goal for September 21, 2017 is 200 bowls for sale at the September 21st Farmer’s Market in Fort Saskatchewan.