'Empty Bowls' fundraiser offers aid to Haiti

Empty Bowls for HaitiStudents, faculty and guest professional potters gathered in the ceramics lab on Friday, Feb. 6, for a unique fundraising event that will hopefully raise thousands of dollars for victims of the Haiti earthquake.

After the disastrous quake killed nearly 200,000 people and wounded countless more, George Fox University professor Mark Terry organized an “Empty Bowls for Haiti” event. In less than 12 hours, artists created more than 1,500 handmade bowls, including pieces by well-known potters Don Sprague, Nils and Diane Lou, and Don and Cindy Hoskisson.

'Night for Haiti'
The bowls, which still must be glazed and fired, will be sold at a dinner event later this spring. A handful of carefully selected bowls will be up for auction online. The date will be announced at a later date. Proceeds from the “Night for Haiti” meal will go to George Fox-based teams that can provide real-time assistance in the country. The service-oriented groups will include engineering, nursing, social work and mission students.

This marks the university’s second “Empty Bowls” fundraiser. In 2005, nearly $20,000 was raised to assist the “untouchable” caste on the coast of India after the tsunami.

“We hope to do much more this time,” Terry said. “There are people out there that need help. We have the means to do it.”

More than 2,200 pounds of clay went into making the bowls, each one as unique as a fingerprint. See how the event unfolded by viewing the slideshow, visiting our Facebook page, or watching the video below.