Students craft Empty Bowls for luncheon

Published 8:45 pm Monday, March 3, 2014

March 1 might not be a significant day in the year 2014 for some people, but for those who participated in bowl making for the Pike County Salvation Army Empty Bowls luncheon, it was rather special.

Studio 116 in downtown Brundidge opened its doors Pike County High School art students and home schooled students Saturday and each participant made a bowl for the Empty Bowls luncheon at the Family Life Center of Bush Memorial Baptist Church April 11.

“This was the second year that Studio 116 has let us make bowls there, and we really appreciate their support and that of Carrie Rigdon and her art students at Pike County High School,” said Kim May, director of the Pike County Salvation Army Service Center. “It’s encouraging to see young people taking part in the community.”

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May said the bowls that were made Saturday were quality bowls.

“The students and their parents were very creative and made some very pretty and interesting bowls,” May said. “People are finding that making clay bowls can be a lot of fun and doing so is a good way to give back to your community.”

All proceeds from the Empty Bowls Luncheon will be used to restock the Salvation Army’s food pantry and feed the hungry right here in Pike County.

“A lot of people have expressed an interest in making a bowl for our luncheon, so we are providing that opportunity on March 15 at the Colley Senior Complex,” May said. “We will have three bowl-making sessions, from 8 until 10 a.m., from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 3 p.m.”

All materials will be furnished and there is no charge for the sessions. However space is limited so those who would like to participate need to register as soon as possible by calling the Salvation Army Service Center at 334-808-1069 or the Colley Senior Complex a 334-808-8500.

“Each person who participates will make a bowl for the Empty Bowls luncheon and, time permitting, may make a bowl for themselves,” May said. “We will have a follow-up day on March 29 to come in and glaze the bowls. We will glaze the bowls for those who are unable to come on that date.”

Tickets for the Empty Bowls Luncheon on April 11 are $20 each. The luncheon will include soups, chili, camp stew, rolls, dessert and beverages. And it’s all you care to eat.

“Of course, those who purchase lunch tickets may select a handmade bowl to take home,” May said. “The earlier you come, the more bowls available for selection.”

Tickets for the Empty Bowls Luncheon are on sale at the Salvation Army Service Center on South Brundidge Street and the Colley Senior Complex on Elm Street.