Clayworks offers Bowlerama to support the Empty Bowls effort

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Clayworks is preparing for the 14th annual Empty Bowls Dinner, with a Bowlerama event on Saturday, June 10th.

Bowlerama offers an opportunity for those who have little or no experience working with clay to create a bowl to donate to the dinner, held each Columbus Day weekend at Landmark College as a fundraiser for the Groundworks Food Shelf. Bonnie Stearns, Alan Steinberg and Annie Lauterbach will be available to help bowl-makers get started, provide basic instruction and troubleshoot if assistance is needed. Dig your hands into the clay to pinch, make coils or roll out slabs into bowls, and decorate your creations with stamps and other textured objects. Because of their expressive uniqueness, hand-built bowls are often the first to be chosen at the Empty Bowls Dinner.

Clayworks has hosted a "Bowlerama" every year for Empty Bowls. "We always get a crowd," said Steinberg. "Often, bowl-makers then go to the dinner and it blows them away. We are feeding each other through our art."

Space is limited to 15 participants per session, so Clayworks asks interested parties to sign up in advance for the morning or afternoon sessions: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Call Brattleboro Clayworks at 802-254-9174 to reserve a place for your party. Children ages 10 and older are welcome, accompanied by an adult. Clayworks is donating instruction, clay, glaze, and firing costs. There is no charge to participate; however, monetary donations are always welcome.

The Empty Bowls dinner is a collaborative event. Local potters contribute bowls, local eateries donate home-cooked soups and musicians share their talents. For a $25 donation, participants will enjoy live music and a delicious meal in a handcrafted bowl they take home afterward.

The Empty Bowls Dinner will take place on Saturday, October 7th, at Landmark College. All proceeds support the Groundworks Collaborative Food Shelf, which has already served 2,159 people across 483 households from January through April this year. The Food Shelf is currently in need of volunteers able to work daytime hours Monday through Friday to help check people in and stock shelves. Contact Rosie or Jenna at 802-257-5415 if you're interested in volunteering.

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