100 Bowls Challenge

Bowl No.1, White Oak

I am excited to announce a new project that I seem to have gotten myself involved in.  Begininning in January, I will try to make 100 bowls in 100 days.   Luckily, I am not alone in this endeavor: fellow Houston artists Renee LeBlanc, Steve Campbell, and Mak Taing have all taken up the challenge themselves.  The guantlet was thrown, and gleefully picked back up.  All of the bowls completed during the challenge will be donated to Empty Bowls Houston, an annual grassroots fundraising event held at Lawndale Art Center and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in support of the Houston Food Bank.  You can follow our progress on the "official" 100 Bowls blog:http://100bowls.tumblr.com/.  I will do my best to update it every day (that is after all, part of the challenge), so stayed tuned as we count down towards May!

Empty Bowls Houston, Lawndale Art Center, 2011

A few words about the Empty Bowls Event itself.  Now in its eighth year, Empty Bowls Houston has a standing, open invitation to local artists to create and donate bowls to help feed Houston's hungry.  Although the good folks at Empty Bowls can usually be spotted at farmers' markets throughout the year, the main event is held every year at either Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, or Lawndale Art Center, or both.  The event is free and open to the public, and for a donation of $25, guests can take home a bowl of their choosing.  That's right!  Twenty-five bucks will get you an amazing, hand-made bowl, as well as (I believe) some yummy soup, courtesy of Whole Foods.  Empty Bowls is always one of my favorite parts of the year - there is something about seeing so many bowls in one place: the enthusiastic support from the artists, as well as the crowd that turns out to see (and purchase!) the work, that always warms my heart.  This year the event will be held on May 26, 2012.  I hope to see y'all there!