Area ar­tisians host hands-on ben­e­fit to help curb hunger

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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.

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