Clayworks' Bowlerama looking for bowl makers

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BRATTLEBORO — The 16th annual Brattleboro Clayworks' Bowlerama is set for Saturday, April 27.

All are welcome to make bowls for the Empty Bowls Dinner, this year scheduled for Oct. 14, Indigenous Peoples' Day, at Landmark College in Putney. All proceeds of the dinner support the Groundworks Collaborative Food Shelf, which serves roughly 1,000 individuals each month.

During Bowlerama, Brattleboro Clayworks, 532 Putney Road, will host workshops where novices and experts alike can make bowls. No previous pottery experience or special skills are required. Bonnie Stearns, Annie Lauterbach and Alan Steinberg will provide instruction and support to help shepherd the creations from start to finish.

For the Empty Bowls Dinner, neighbors contribute bowls, local eateries donate homemade soups and musicians share their talents. For a $25 donation, visitors enjoy live music and a delicious meal in a handcrafted bowl they can take home. While many of the bowls are donated by professional potters, the bowls made by so-called amateurs are often the first to be chosen.

Space at Brattleboro Clayworks is limited to 15 participants per session. Sign up in advance for the morning or afternoon sessions: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Call Clayworks at 802-254-9174 to reserve a place. Children ages 10 and older are welcome, accompanied by an adult. Clayworks donates instruction, clay, glaze and firing costs. There is no charge to participate, but financial donations are welcome.

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