students selecting bowlsThe Skyline College Ceramics Club hosted its 4th Empty Bowls Fundraiser on November 18, 2015 in the campus Fireside Dining Hall. Ceramics students from Skyline College, Burlingame High School, Capuchino High School, and Clay Creations, along with artists from the San Francisco Red Brick studio, made 350 unique handmade bowls.  Guests chose from a large table filled with stacks of colorful bowls and had them filled by student volunteers with their choice of soup, catered by Pacific Dining and funded by the Student Organization and Club Council (SOCC).  Artisan breads were also donated by San Francisco’s famous Tartine bakery, and beverages were donated by Pepsi.

Lively entertainment included soulful jazz music by the Skyline College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Michelle Hawkins, and the Skyline College Jazz Quintet, with Associate Professor of Music Zachary Bruno on keyboards. The Skyline College Dance Program got people moving with a performance choreographed by Associate Professor Amber Steele.  The night ended with drawings for ceramic artwork and gift baskets donated by the Ceramics Club members, raising more funds for the evening.

The event raised $2,480, which will be donated to the Skyline College SparkPoint Center Food Pantry, helping to serve those in need.  SparkPoint Interim Director Chad Thompson had an information table at the event, highlighting SparkPoint’s vital programs and services to visitors.

Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement that is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year of inspiring fundraising events all over the country, and internationally.  The common thread with all Empty Bowls events is using the power of art to bring the community together and help those in need. Thanks to everyone who supported this event!

Article and Photos by Tiffany Schmierer