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Local ladies fire it up for benefit
by Paul Gonzales
Aug 19, 2012 | 1814 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Dr. Sarah Gremmel looks on as the women put the finishing touches on the last of the bowls for the ‘Empty Bowls’ concert being held Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
Paul Gonzales photo Dr. Sarah Gremmel looks on as the women put the finishing touches on the last of the bowls for the ‘Empty Bowls’ concert being held Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.
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Above are some of more than 50 bowls the women have decorated for the ‘Empty Bowl’ concert. They have worked weeks in Dr. Sarah Gremmel’s ‘Clay House’ in order to have them ready by Aug. 26.
Paul Gonzales photo Above are some of more than 50 bowls the women have decorated for the ‘Empty Bowl’ concert. They have worked weeks in Dr. Sarah Gremmel’s ‘Clay House’ in order to have them ready by Aug. 26.
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BEEVILLE — Behind Sarah Gremmel’s house sits a shed. Not your average cobbled-together shed made of tin and leftover pieces of plywood, but a quaint little room, nicely painted and decorated. Gremmel calls it her “Clay House.”

But inside the “Clay House” sat four women. And in those four women’s hands were paintbrushes.

Gremmel assembled the women to glaze the final handmade bowls for the upcoming Fill the Bowl “cool” organ concert Sunday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church.

Gremmel, a potter for most of her life, said, “All of the bowls are hand thrown on the potters wheel.

“One of the ladies at St. Philip’s knew I was a potter, and she had heard about the empty bowl project and suggested that maybe we’d like to do one.”

So, when the concert is over, the bowls will be filled with ice cream, donated by H-E-B, and for whatever donation denomination is set, you can fill an empty bowl with ice cream and take it home.

The women have been working for weeks in preparation for the concert with about 50 bowls painted, carved, fired, glazed and fired again; each piece is unique and really stunning.

The intricate details painted on some of them look like something you could buy at any china shop.

The rich colors and glistening glaze jump out at you, really making the pieces stand out and apart from one another.

One could imagine that many concert attendees will most likely take home more than one of the beautiful bowls.

The “Empty Bowls” concept is a nationwide fund-raising event which was founded by art teacher John Hartom in 1990-91.

Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.
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