In 1990 a Michigan art teacher wanted to teach his students to give back to the community. The students made bowls and sold tickets to other teachers for a simple soup lunch. The teachers kept the bowls as a reminder of the needy in the community. Thus began Empty Bowls, the grassroots movement which now raises money and awareness about the fight to end hunger on an international scale.
Up Highway 61, Natchez Pottery has carried the flag for Empty Bowls since 2004, during which time the ceramics collective run by Conner Burns has raised more than $60,000 for the Natchez Stewpot. The eponymous bowls are crafted and hand-painted by area artists, unique works of art that are the repositories for a scrumptious gumbo. Ticket holders choose a handmade bowl, have it filled with gumbo, and may enjoy their meal on the grounds or take it home—along with the bowl. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased from Natchez Coffee or from a Natchez Pottery studio member. Fill your bowl—and your heart—from noon to 2 pm at Natchez Pottery, 101 Clifton Avenue. (601) 446-9549.