Sunday, May 04, 2008

Empty Bowls in San Antonio is today. Here in San Antonio it is sponsored by the local Potter's Guild, held at the Southwest School of Art and Craft, and benefits SAMM Ministries -- a program to help the homeless get back on their feet.

The website describes it thus:
For $15 guests may select a bowl crafted by one of our local artisans along with a serving of soup and bread donated by local restaurants and caterers. However, I find it to be so much more.

I love getting there early and seeing thousands of bowls made by potters of every level, including children. I love selecting mine by moving my hands around them and picking them up. I love seeing the silent auction items, envying the artists who can make such wonderful pieces. I also love the soup, though I'm allergic to celery, so have a he** of a time finding one I can eat (though there's usually at least one).

All in all, it's a very sensual event, using virtually all my senses. Who gets something so wonderful for a mere $15? (And 100% of them money taken in goes to the charity.)