The Denson Drive Recreation Center in Opelika is home to many different activities for local citizens, including a pottery studio which has had its wheel spinning and kiln firing since February in preparation for the a pre-sale for the Empty Bowls Event on Feb. 13 benefitting the East Alabama Food Bank.
The Potters of Rockybrook, the community organization who run the center, have created more than 1,000 unique bowls for the pre-sale, which will be from Thursday, Nov. 12-Nov. 25 according to director of the pottery center, Sherie Spain. The center is open from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Spain also said the Potters of Rockybrook co-sponser with the Auburn Ceramics Studio who helped make some of the bowls for the pre-sale.
Charlie Mabry, assistant director of the pottery center, said the bowls will be on display.
“The bowls will be set out to create excitement for the event in February,” Mabry said.
Visitors can purchase a bowl for $10 using cash or check.
“A lot of these bowls would sell for $25 easy,” Spain said.
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The creators of the bowls have not only donated the materials used to make the bowls, but also their time and effort.
“People have been very generous with their time because they really care,” Mabry said.
All of the profits will go directly to benefit the food bank.
“If we sell 1,000, that’s $10,000 for the food bank," Spain said. "That’s a big deal.”
The Empty Bowls Event will be held Feb. 13 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and patrons will bring their bowl and have a meal of soup, bread and water which represents a typical meal given to those the proceeds are benefitting.
The event will also include live entertainment with a guitar and keyboard player, a demonstration of how to use a potter’s wheel and a booth for children.
There will also be a beneficiary silent auction coordinated by Kitty Greene, a potter who specializes in hand-building.
“I’m trying to get local artists’ work in the show,” Greene said.
If you are interested in submitting your work, Kitty Greene can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact Sherie Spain at 334-705-5558.
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