April 4, 2013

Empty Bowls, Full Heart

A week ago I helped feed 45,000 people.

How? I spent 4 hours of my time last Thursday, working the Bump table at the 2013 Empty Bowls luncheon. I wrote about the Empty Bowls event in a previous post on March 14. About what it means to me as an artist and a person to be able to do something small that has a huge impact in my own community.

But now comes the fun part! I get to show you some of the wonderful bowls that were created by other artists, school kids and that lady behind you in line at the grocery store.

The Gallery Bowls

Gallery bowls each sold for an addition donation of $100. Since every $20 = 100 meals.... that's 500 MEALS per Gallery bowl!

My 2013 Gallery Bowl donation. My signature fused glass on ceramic technique.

Gorgeous Gallery Platter was almost 3' across.

The stunning red glaze had this Gallery Bowl sold in no time.

Not a decal, this glaze work was HAND DRAWN with a fine brush. Unbelievable.

The Bump Bowls

The Bump table is where people went to either swap the small bowls they received with their ticket or buy a second (or third, or fourth...) bowl outright for an additional donation. A quick and dirty total at the end of the day for just the Bumps was $9,000. That's roughly 45, 000 meals. Not too shabby, eh?

Here are some of my favorites from the day:

I just loved the Smiley Cat. So did somebody else. Snagged it right out from under my nose!

Spring flowers

A little tropical garden.


The Celebrity Bowls

There was also a silent auction table full of bowls that had been hand decorated by all kinds of celebrities. I'm always amazed at the variety of famous people that participate every year.

Dr Oz's heart healthy reminder bowl.

Tony Bennet brought a little of his heart from San Fran.

Vince Gill highlighted his Nashville country roots.

I hope this inspires you to paint a bowl or two in the coming months, come play at the Bump table with me or at least make the 12th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon a Must See Event in your life for 2014. Follow the Tarrant Area Food Bank on Facebook and they will keep you posted on all their upcoming events.


SplendorVendor said...

Thank you Buffy for bringing awareness to a great event supporting a huge need in our community!!

I love the kitty bowl too!

Buffy said...

LOL. If I had seen who got it I probably would've mugged her for it in the parking garage....