For the first time ever, face bowls will be offered Tuesday at the annual â€œEmpty Bowlâ€ benefit that raises money for Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County.
â€œWe have 11 face soup mugs for sale this year,â€ said Gary Lee, owner of the pottery studio. â€œSince this is the first time weâ€™ve ever offered face bowls, they are sure to be collector items.â€
Lee said the line starts forming about 4 p.m. for those who are serious about getting their first choice of bowls. A total of 401 bowls â€” made by Rising Sun pottery students, co-op members and area potters ÂÂâ€” will be available for purchase.
Face bowls are $20 each and traditional bowls are $10 each. A wide variety of colors, shapes and designs are available to choose from.
Sixty percent of the gross sales from the 14th annual event will go to the organization. â€œThatâ€™s gross, not net,â€ Lee said. â€œWe make sure Hospice gets paid first from the event.â€
Once shoppers choose their soup bowls, they can fill them up with homemade vegetable beef soup or potato soup.
â€œThese two soups have become something that people really look forward to each year,â€ Lee said.
â€œBoth are made completely from scratch.â€
Carol Preston, one of Rising Sunâ€™s studio potters and longtime member of the studio, makes the homemade vegetable beef soup. Â Monica Pendleton of Crouse is the chef for the potato soup, which was added for those with vegetarian lifestyles. Â Drinks, desserts and bread will also be available.
â€œWeâ€™re hoping for good cool fall weather so that we sell all the bowls,â€ Lee said.
If any of the delicious soups are left, Lee plans to donate it to Christian Ministry of Lincoln County.
â€œTimes are hard for many nonprofit and service organizations right now,â€ Lee said. â€œThis is what we do each year to do our part to help out.â€
Want to go?
Rising Sun Pottery is located at 209 S. Academy St. in Lincolnton. The event will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, but the line starts forming at 4 p.m.
MARTHA K. SEAGLE, Staff Writer