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GHS Students’ Project Benefits The Caring Place

Georgetown High School ceramics students’ work will be available to purchase at The Caring Place Food Pantry starting Thursday, July 16. The one-of-a-kind pieces were created as a part of a project called “Empty Bowls” which is intended to raise money for local food banks. 

A GHS student glazes a ceramic bowl.

GHS art teacher Angela Morin spearheaded the project this year. She explained that the Empty Bowls project is somewhat of a tradition among ceramicists. The bowls are created with the intention of holding a fundraising event where attendees purchase a piece, eat a meal out of it, and then leave with an empty bowl, a reminder of the battle against hunger in communities across the country.

A bowl created by GHS students

“The point of the assignment was not only for them to learn about this very important way that they could use their skills to better their community, but was also for them to be part of the community,” Morin said.

Morin’s students took to the assignment enthusiastically, in some cases making multiple bowls apiece. They also advertised and pitched in at two events for the project - one that invited the community in to create and paint bowls, and Big Art Day, a glazing event in the school cafeteria that invited any student to participate.

GHS students paint bowls at Big Art Day.

When schools transitioned to remote learning as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, plans for the final Empty Bowls event were canceled. However, Morin was able to ensure that her students’ work was still used as intended. 

The Caring Place Food Pantry will benefit from the proceeds of each bowl sold. Bowls are available to purchase at prices between $5 and $20 each. You can find pictures of the bowls on The Caring Place Facebook page and learn more at https://www.caringplacetx.org/.