The Rockbridge Area Relief Association (RARA) is pleased to announce the 2017 Empty Bowls Raffle! Help us in the fight against hunger and enter for a chance to take home a one-of-a-kind piece of art. This year’s raffle includes eight unique bowls from seven local artists.

Tickets can be purchased for $5 each or three for $10 at the RARA Office (350 Spotswood Drive) or from RARA Board Members from now until August 26. The RARA Office is open Monday through Thursday, 9:30am to 12:00pm, and 1:00pm to 4:00pm (for questions, contact office@raralex.org).

Raffle winners will be selected at 3pm on August 26 at RARA’s Booth at the Rockbridge Community Festival in downtown Lexington. To view the bowls before the drawing, stop by our display in Artist in Cahoots in Downtown Lexington (21 West Washington Street).

100% of the proceeds from the raffle will be used to cover expenses for food and the other forms of aid RARA provides.

This raffle sponsored by the Main Street Group.

Bowls

Bowl #1:  Amber Poole of Earth, Fire, and Spirit Pottery

“Amber Poole, Daniel Caruthers, and Jessy Poole-Caruthers, co-owners of Earth, Fire & Spirit Pottery create functional and decorative artistic pottery. Amber, Daniel, and Jessy have embarked on a mission to create a new legacy following in the footsteps of the founder of Earth, Fire & Spirit, the late Don Poole. They produce handmade, high-fire reduction stoneware with slip trail decoration, copper red, and rutile blue glazes made from family recipes handed down over generations.” efspottery.com

Bowl #2: Maureen Worth of Artists in Cahoots, Lexington VA

“Maureen and Rebecca Worth create wheel thrown pottery, botanical jewelry, bridal accessories, and Lexington Brick jewelry. The Lexington brick design is also featured on their wheel thrown pottery.” Artists in Cahoots

Bowl #3: Marti Mocahbee of Artists in Cahoots, Lexington VA

“I am a self taught potter that has been throwing pots since I was introduced to the wheel when I was 15 years old. I was a heavy production potter for a of couple decades before I started painting designs on pots and found a new way of expression that has brought my pasion with clay to a deeper place. I strive to combine form and decoration to create functional ceramics. Classical forms with designs of cultural/historical influence come together with a contemporary touch. Pieces are wheel thrown, hand painted with layers of slip and underglaze and are finished with a clear gloss glaze.” Artists in Cahoots

Bowl #4: Jan Jarrard of Artists in Cahoots, Lexington VA

“Our Blue Ridge mountains and local landscapes influence Jan’s work figuratively, and in her choice of glaze palate. House Mountain is an iconic subject. Jan mixes her own glazes, and is especially intrigued by the old Japanese and Chinese glazes. The ancient craft of creating and firing functional stoneware from clay to glazed piece continues to challenge with endless possibilities to explore.”  Artists in Cahoots

Bowl #5: Karla Rodgers at Renegade Art Glass

“Karla works in kiln-formed and stained glass. Her favorite creations are typically larger functional bowls, light fixtures or display pieces. She specializes in the wire melt technique, which produces wonderful, organic swirls of color and light.” Renegade Art Glass

Bowl #6: Phillip Nolley (Quintessence Glass) at Artists in Cahoots, Lexington VA

“Improvisation is more important to my work than ever. Rarely is a piece completely conceived from the beginning. Rather, I start with form and let the rhythm of the work flow to its natural conclusion.” – Phillip Noley

Bowl #7: Phillip Nolley (Quintessence Glass) at Artists in Cahoots, Lexington VA

“Improvisation is more important to my work than ever. Rarely is a piece completely conceived from the beginning. Rather, I start with form and let the rhythm of the work flow to its natural conclusion.” – Phillip Noley

Bowl #8: Mike Sorge at Artists in Cahoots, Lexington VA

“Every year, storms across the US and around the world force down hundreds of thousands of trees. How wonderful for mankind to wisely utilize this incredibly beautiful and diverse natural resource. In 2009, Mike discovered rescuing, revealing and preserving beautiful timber through the art of high speed sculpting (woodturning) to be exhilarating and honorable. Committed and determined, Mike studied books and videos from professional turners and set upon a path of experimentation, of trial and error, with the goal of developing a style of his own. Through persistent effort his signature Geometrics and Winged Natural Edge emerged, elegantly displaying the inherent natural beauty of the fallen tree for art and utilitarian use, heirlooms for generations of enjoyment.” mikesorge.com

 

Thank you to all of the artists who donated their beautiful bowls!