Empty Bowls 2018

ICS Empty Bowls

Jada is a liaison between the Southern Arizona Clay Artists and Interfaith Community Services Food Bank for their Empty Bowls Event that takes place once a year.  Jada coordinates the potters in Southern Arizona to produce 1200-1500 bowls a year.  This work helped to make a grand total of $89,500 to help the food compromised in Southern AZ. 


Empty Bowls 2018 was a huge success. We helped to bring in $89,500!! We had beautiful quality bowls made by many SACA members. This event would not be possible without the help of so many people. Lori Kindler my co-liason to ICS for Empty Bowls stepped up the last week before the event when things got busy and I was out of town. She worked with Sandy Kreamer our contact at ICS to get the bowls picked up. Sandy has been storing our bowls in her garage all year! Having a head start on the bowls and having so many early donations made the “rounding up” of the bowls so much easier. Thank you to all of the early birds. I really appreciate the studios that work together to produce hundreds of bowls, it’s like herding cats but you still come through year after year. Marilyn Cleavinger, you really make it happen with three studios. That’s a lot of people to get working. Frank Tomizuka, thank you for your lovely comments about clay in The Arizona Daily Star.  Joan Kelley with Sun City was impressive, their clay club produced over one hundred bowls many weeks in advance. Andy Iventosch and Susan Yamamura (among others) donated some beautiful work for the silent auction. There are so many things to thank all of you for, more than I can list. Please remember that although “I” get a lot of thanks from people for this event I am acutely aware that it couldn’t be done without your commitment to clay and our community.  From the bottom of my heart to all who help with this great event, THANK YOU. You have helped the food compromised in our community in addition to getting handmade clay work into the hands of the general public. This ends up being an opportunity to educate people about why we love clay. 

In our effort to recognize some of the potters we chose 5 beautiful pieces that were put into the silent auction. Thanks for your bowls Frank Tomizuka, Leila Lindeman, Linda DeBoer, Andy Iventosch and a pine needle wrapped rim bowl marked with R 2015. 

If at any time in the coming year you have pieces for the silent auction or bowls that need pick-up, please let Lori or me know. 

THANK YOU to our 2018 bowl makers: Marilyn Cleavinger/Udall, Randolph and Flowing Wells Studios, Jerry Bird/Lou Sorenson, Stan Pomeranz/Saddlebrook Clay Club, Terry Parker/Loma Prieta Pottery, Lori Kindler, Martha Kelly/Shooting Star Pottery, Joan Kelley/Sun City Oro Valley Clay Club, Sue Broberg/The Clay Club at The Highlands, Frank Tomizuka/Romero House Potters, Maxine Krasnow/Tucson Clay Coop, Carol Mullen Pottery, Janet Burner/Sabino Pottery, Laurie Dunham, Brenda Beeley, Marian Morris, Linda Potter, Jada Ahern/PCNRPR Northwest Art Center, Susan Yamamura, Jashio Pei, Andy Iventosch. 

Thank you to our event Volunteers: Dan Granger, Lori Kindler, Joni Pevarnik, Sheila Lepley, Frank Tomizuka, Linda DeBoer, Jim Miller, Dana Kuchel, Laurie Dunham,  Cynthia Cruz, Glennda Neff, Brenda Arwood, Jada Ahern, Marian Morris and Glennda Neff