The 21st annual Bean’s Café Empty Bowls Project will fill up Egan Center on March 14. The fundraiser combines talents of local potters and the culinary genius of the community, mixing two great things: award-winning soup and hand-crafted pottery bowls. With a $25 ticket you can take home a handmade bowl after eating the delicious soup it contains. Potters from the Anchorage area craft over 1,000 pottery bowls. In the past UAA donated over 600 bowls. Recent years have seen a decline in potters continuing to throw bowls and the Anchorage Clay and Arts Guild has declined in membership. A resurgence of pottery making is needed in this community if this event is to continue as it has for the past 20 years.
Jenny Ditto, owner of The Midnight Potter Studio, pledges 300 bowls each year. During the coming months she and volunteer potters will be crafting bowls for this event. If you have experience on a pottery wheel, Ditto invites you to come and help with the event. However, have no fear. If you lack experience Ditto teaches classes every Monday and Wednesday night. You can learn more at, www.midnightpotter.com.