I get to make pottery all day for a living, so using my craft to assist organizations who are doing the truly difficult work of creating a better, fairer world is the least I can do.

Empty Bowls Benefit 2015

Me at Pagoda the night of the benefit showing of some donated bowls from The London Clayworks.

Me at Pagoda the night of the benefit showing of some donated bowls from The London Clayworks.

The Empty Bowls Project began in 1990 as an international grassroots effort to raise both money and awareness in the fight to end hunger. I threw my first Empty Bowls benefit in New Orleans, Louisiana at Pagoda Cafe in December 2015. The benefit was technically unaffiliated with the Imagine/Render group who began the project, however we used the Empty Bowls model to create a meaningful event here in New Orleans that ties arts & crafts with social justice.

We collected donations of handmade bowls from local student and professional potters and the night of the event, attendees could purchase a bowl of soup in a handmade bowl that they got to keep while enjoying a night of music and community at one of New Orleans' finest cafes. All proceeds from this event went to New Orleans Community Kitchen who serve free meals every Tuesday at Duncan Square outside of City Hall. 

Left to Right: Nico (Community Kitchen), Osa Atoe, Maria (Pagoda staff), Beth (NOAAHH), Shana (Pagoda owner), Sandra (NOAAHH). Photo by Sandra Cordray

Left to Right: Nico (Community Kitchen), Osa Atoe, Maria (Pagoda staff), Beth (NOAAHH), Shana (Pagoda owner), Sandra (NOAAHH). Photo by Sandra Cordray

 

I have also donated a percentage of sales or pottery to auction fundraisers for the following organizations:

BreakOUT!

Louisiana Capital Assistance Center

New Orleans Artists Against Hunger and Homelessness

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

Together Baton Rouge

Feel free to contact me for a pottery donation for your upcoming benefit. (One month's notice before the event is preferred.)