Center at Donaldson to Launch Empty Bowls Project


The Center at Donaldson is launching a project as part of an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. The Empty Bowls project is a concept created by The Imagine Render Group, with a basic premise: potters and clay craftspeople work with interested participants to create handcrafted bowls to be sold during a supper event. Later, the public is invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation at the supper, guests enjoy a simple meal and keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

The money raised at the Center at Donaldson as part of this project would be donated to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, serving Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, Starke, and St. Joseph Counties.

The public is invited to visit MoonTree’s Clay Studio on Saturday, Feb. 8 between 9 a.m. and noon or 1 to 4 p.m. to make clay bowls, using coil or slab construction methods. The bowls will be left to dry, then glazing will be done Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.

These bowl-making and bowl-glazing days are free experiences—all the bowls will be left at MoonTree to be sold during the Empty Bowls Soup Supper. Please call (574) 935-1712 or email to reserve your spot to ensure enough clay is available.

Afterward, the Empty Bowls Soup Supper will be held on Saturday, March 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. ET in Cana Hall within the Ancilla Domini Motherhouse at the Center at Donaldson. For a donation of $15 per person, the public is invited to enjoy a meal of soup and bread, home-made by Earthworks.

Tickets for the Empty Bowls soup supper can be reserved by calling or emailing MoonTree Studios.