On January 13, the art department donated $3,200 from the bowl and dinner sales to the Western Loudoun Food Pantry in Lovettsville, which helps families in our community. The bowls should serve as a reminder of the empty bowls around the world. Since 2009 Harmony Art Department has donated over $20,000 to the Western Loudoun Food Pantry through the Empty Bowl Project.
The Empty Bowl Project is a community service art project to raise awareness about the issue of hunger and food security in Western Loudoun County. The Empty Bowl Project was first conceived in 1990 by John Hartom, an art teacher in Michigan. The idea was to organize a charitable event to give artists and art students a way to make a personal difference. Hartom's students made ceramic bowls in their high school art classes. The finished products were then used as individual serving pieces for a fund-raising meal of soup and bread. Contributing guests kept the empty bowl. This has grown into a worldwide project with potters around the world sponsoring an event in different ways.
This year, in October we had 6 local potters:
Maureen Alvarez Amy Oliver Anne Rule-Thompson Carrie Althouse Shawn Grove Geoff DeMark
The potters did demonstrations of making bowls on the pottery wheel, discussed their artwork and having a career as a potter, for the students. The 8th grade art students made additional bowls using slab building techniques. In November the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade art students helped glaze the bowls.