One local pottery shop hopes to raise more than $3,000 this year for hospice care.
Rising Sun Pottery in Lincolnton will host its 16th Annual Empty Bowl Event from 5-7 p.m. on Monday.
Owner Gary Lee, who purchased the shop from its previous owner nearly 17 years ago, said 60 percent of the event’s proceeds will benefit Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County.
“Hospice does so much (for the community),” he said.
Last year, the fundraiser drew in $2,300.
Located on South Academy Street, Rising Sun Pottery boasts more than 25 artists, a majority of whom are students, and seven friendly felines — including “Glaze” and “Potter” — who roam the shop.
Each of the local artisans has carefully crafted colorful bowls for Monday’s event. Two of the women even put faces on their creations.
The collector item face bowls — some displaying men with mustaches and another a smiling sun — will be available for $20 apiece.
“They are kind of whimsical,” Lee said.
The fundraiser will only offer 10 of the unique creations in order to maintain their rare quality. However, a lottery for the face bowls will take place at the start of the event.
The more than 300 additional handmade bowls will be $10 apiece.
The bowl price also includes the buyer’s choice of either homemade potato or vegetable soup.
From just 40 bowls and five vats of soup the first year to hundreds of bowls and nearly 35 vats of soup in recent years, the fundraiser has grown into a huge community success, Lee said.
The shop also donates any additional soup to Christian Ministry in Lincolnton.
“We don’t want to waste anything,” Lee said. “We make sure everyone gets something.”
Rising Sun Pottery additionally hosts a fundraiser each spring for the Humane Society of Lincoln County.