Have you noticed the ceramic “Empty Bowls” around the Farmers Market?
Woodstock High School art instructor, Herb Kruse and his art students created about 100 bowls to sell back in April for $10 each and donated all profits back to the Woodstock Food Pantry. He contacted the market and wondered if he could continue his “bowl sales” at the Farmers Market, we were thrilled at the idea and thought what a great way for others in the community to be able to help give back! “The bowls serve as a reminder of hungry people who struggle to put food on their tables. Our motto is buy at least one bowl to fill empty bowls in our community” Kruse says. He now sells out of his bowls almost every Saturday and has recently been bringing his pottery wheel to the square so people can watch him “in action”. After the bowls are made on the wheel, designs and a glaze are added. Then there are two kiln firings, the first turns the clay into a glass-like form. The second, a glaze firing is done after three to four coats of a food-safe glaze are brushed onto the bowl. From start to finish the bowls take a total of about 1 hours worth of work. If you are at the square please say hi to Herb and I am sure he would be happy to tell you a bit more about his “Empty Bowls” project. For further information, email Kruse at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-338-4370.