Area artisians host hands-on benefit to help curb hunger
Each year, on the first Sunday of October, Sunset Canyon Pottery holds a unique fundraiser known as the Empty Bowl Project.
The fundraiser benefits Helping Hands food bank in Dripping Springs. Potters (mostly from Sunset Canyon Pottery, though others contribute as well) make bowls and donate them to the project.
Then Austin restaurateurs Emmet and Lisa Fox (owners of the Asti Tratoria restaurant) of Austin tap area chefs, who provide soup. Some of Sunset Canyon Pottery’s customers contribute soup as well. For a $15 donation, you can pick any of the donated bowls, and fill it with any of the gourmet soups. Local musicians make the occasion a festive one.
“It started out small, but it
h a s turned out to be a big event,” said Bridget Hauser of Sunset Canyon Pottery. Fundraisers of this type are actually somewhat traditional among potters, she said. “Potters have been doing this for about 15 or 20 years. Usually these are held around Thanksgiving. We do ours in October because that’s International Hunger Awareness Month.”
Every year, the Empty Bowl Project grows. The first one raised about $1,100. Later events have raised as much as $11,000.
Sunset Canyon Pottery is located on Hwy. 290, about three miles east of Dripping Springs on the right.