Empty Bowls for Erin’s Angels Event Returns to EJD for Third Year

Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students recently made handcrafted pottery bowls and will be raffling them off at the district-wide art show from 3:30 to 7 p.m. May 17 at John C. Birdlebough High School. All proceeds from the sales and raffles will go toward Erin’s Angels, a local nonprofit that helps provide food for local families in need.

In its third year, Empty Bowls for Erin’s Angels is a project created by EJD art teachers Beth Pritchard and Brandi Finniss. It aims to encourage students to create various styles and types of bowls. The idea to make empty bowls came from an international grassroots art movement by artists who make it their mission to raise money for food-related charities by crafting pottery bowls.

The program saw a surge of growth this year, in both student involvement and materials available.

“Our program has grown and this is our first year creating nothing but ceramic bowls for our sale,” said Beth Pritchard. “We were lucky enough to have a couple of pottery wheels donated by community members last year and were also able to add another new wheel to our program, so our club doubled in size now that we have added to our setup.”

“Our first year we raised $380 and last year our total was $845,” Pritchard and Finniss said. “It's amazing to see how quickly the students have learned to throw on the wheel. It’s exciting this year to see students coming back who participated last year, so now they can continue to build on their pottery skills. We’re so proud of our students for their involvement in this project, and we’re hoping to raise even more money this year.”