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High school ceramic students warm the soul
100 bowls to feed the hungry
Posted on 12/05/2019
100 bowls to feed the hungry

For 15 years Emerald Ridge High School ceramics teacher Jami Malyon quietly encouraged her students to give back to the community. And they did, every December.

The students made ceramic bowls and took them to Tacoma to participate in an Empty Bowls event to help fight hunger. They were the only students at the event for many years and repeat visitors would return looking for “the students and the ceramic bowls.”

BowlsEmpty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger. It is personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. The objectives of the project are:

    • Raise money to feed the world's hungry people
    • Increase awareness of hunger and related issues      
Advocate for arts education

Last year, Rogers ceramics students also found a passion for Empty Bowls. It turns out, Amy Arand, the Rogers High School ceramics teacher for the past four years, did her student teaching with Malyon at Emerald Ridge while she was a student at Pacific Lutheran University. Arand is also familiar with Empty Bowls and has been a participant herself in many events since 2011.

In December 2018 Arand and her Rogers students from the Ceramics Club held an Empty Bowls event and donated 100 percent of the proceeds to the Puyallup Food Bank.

This year Emerald Ridge and Rogers ceramics clubs are joining together to host Empty Bowls at Rogers on December 19. The students have set a goal to make 100 bowls, which is double the number from last year.

“We are hoping Empty Bowls is well attended. We have students in Puyallup Schools whose families rely on the Food Bank too,” says Arand.

The cost is $10 for a bowl full of soup or chili. Those who attend get to keep the ceramic bowl they are served in. Guests arrive for a simple soup meal and choose a unique bowl which they keep as a symbol and reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Costco is donating chili and soup for the event, and Panera Bread is providing bread and utensils. 

      When:   December 19, 2019 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
        Where:  Rogers High School Cafeteria
12801 86th Ave E, Puyallup
Cost:     $10 per person

 All of the proceeds will go to the Puyallup Food Bank. 

Ceramics Club Students

The Empty Bowls service project has ignited ceramic students at Emerald Ridge and Rogers. Each high school ceramics club set a goal to make 50 bowls. They are working hard during class and after school to provide beautiful and very diverse bowls for the event. They are made from recycled clay that can’t be used and is broken back down.

Charlie - RogersRogers Junior Charlie Siegman has made nearly 20 bowls for the event. She is taking drawing and painting this semester and volunteers her time making ceramic bowls after school. She says she enjoys the opportunity to create something and serve the community at the same time. “This is cool. You can add different textures, forms, and spirals to create a story. It’s making something functional, but still making it artistic,” says Siegman.

“All the bowls are unique and the cool part about participating is that there is always a bowl for everyone.” Rogers Junior Charlie Siegman                                                     
Rogers Junior Charlie Siegman

Students at Emerald Ridge are also busy creating amazing bowls. 

Emerald Ridge ceramics
“It’s nice to make stuff and to give back to people in need.” 
Emerald Ridge Senior Sean McBroom.

The process for creating a bowl takes several days: First day students throw the bowl on the wheel, second day they have to let the bowl harden to become stable enough to work with, third day they trim the bowl to add a ringed foot,  fourth/fifth day to dry and bisque fire the bowl, and on the sixth/seventh day the students take their time painting the bowls. 

                “There is a great need here in Puyallup. This is cool because it’s local. 
                       I like that we are participating in that and the kids are too.” 
                                  Emerald Ridge Ceramics Teacher Jami Malyon