Thursday June 13, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro community is once again invited to come help make bowls to support the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center when Brattleboro Clayworks hosts a Bowlerama on Saturday, June 29, as part of its preparations for the annual Empty Bowls Dinner.

Bowlerama offers an opportunity for those who have little or no experience in clay to create a bowl to donate to the dinner. Bonnie Stearns, Alan Steinberg and Annie Lauterbach will be available to help bowl-makers get started and provide basic instruction if needed. Dig your hands into the clay to pinch, make coils or roll out slabs into bowls. Fun texturing objects will be available to decorate bowls. Because of their uniqueness, hand-built bowls are often the first to be chosen at the Empty Bowls Dinner.

Space is limited, so Clayworks asks interested parties to sign up in advance for the morning session from 10 a.m. to noon, or the afternoon session from 1 to 3 p.m.

Call the Clayworks at 802-254-9174 to reserve a place. Children ages 10 and over are welcome, accompanied by an adult.

Clayworks is donating instruction, clay, glaze, and firing costs. There is no charge to participate; however, donations are welcome.

The Empty Bowls Dinner now in its ninth year helps raise funds and awareness to alleviate hunger and homelessness. The Empty Bowls dinner is a collaborative event. Local potters contribute bowls, local eateries contribute food and musicians contribute their talents. For a $25 donation, participants will enjoy live music and a delicious meal in a handcrafted bowl they take home afterward.

All proceeds go to Brattleboro Area Drop In Center, a day and, in the winter, an overnight shelter, offering a community food shelf and support services.

The Empty Bowls Dinner will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Landmark College in Putney. For more information, check out Empty Bowls Southern Vermont on Facebook or visit www.brattleboroclayworks.com/events.