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Soup event to benefit Hospice

 

AMANDA SEBASTIANO

Staff Writer

 

Vegetable beef and potato soups will fill clay bowls Tuesday as a local pottery shop raises funds for the Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County.

Gary Lee, owner of Rising Sun Pottery in Lincolnton, hopes to sell all 357 hand-crafted bowls this year — a jump from the 47 sold at the first event 15 years ago.

Various shapes, sizes colors and some with a bit more personality were crafted by local artists and will be available for purchase tomorrow. Thirty-five to 40 of Lee’s students created bowls for the fundraiser, too, he noted.

A dozen face bowls will be up for grabs for those who enter the raffle — one of the most popular types of bowls sold in previous years. Since there aren’t as many as there are other bowls, those interested will draw from a hat. Attendees who draw a number will be able to purchase a $20 bowl. All other pieces are $10, with 60 percent of the proceeds going to Hospice.

Denver potter Wendy Edwards is one of two artists who created the 12 bowls with faces for the event, projects she has been preparing for about two months; she chipped away over time to lighten the task of creating hundreds of bowls, she said.

She has been throwing together pieces for this event for the last five years, not in the low-effort sense. Throwing is the potter’s term for putting the clay on a wheel and molding it into the desired shape.

“This event is to benefit a group that almost everyone, in some point in their lives has known someone who has been under its care,” Edwards told the Times-News on Friday. “When you see what they do for people, you want to be able to give back and help them continue to do those things; it takes special people to do what they do.”

The Rising Sun Pottery Hospice Bowl Sale will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at 209 South Academy St. in Lincolnton. Call (704)735-5820 for more information.

 

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