Moab’s second annual Soup-Bowl Fundraiser on Nov. 3 was packed with over 300 guests mingling with their sculptural soup bowls and shopping for affordable pottery.
The charity art event was developed by Clay Artistans of Moab in connection with Desert Sun Ceramics in support of Seekhaven Family Crisis and Resource Center, this year’s donation recipient. Seekhaven, a shelter, assistance, and advocacy group for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, will benefit from the proceeds from both soup bowl ticket sales and silent auction winning bids in the form of locally grown organic food. The first investment by the center will be in the form of a Community Supported Agriculture box from the Youth Garden Project, which will continue to deliver in-season produce grown locally by the YGP.
“My joy was sparked by watching people searching for their perfect bowl and then cuddling it as though it were their most precious possession!” said local artist Barb Gregoire, co-founder of CLAM and founder of Desert Sun Ceramics. A diverse crowd meandered throughout the multiple levels of the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, each person holding a clay vessel of a different shape, color combination, pattern or texture slathered in soup remnants, filled with desserts, or wiped clean for the ogling.
With 27 local restaurants and chefs donating soup this year, the soups stretched just enough to fill the last ladle of the night. Almost every piece of ceramic work by the 18 silent auction donors was bid upon with some bidders winning and purchasing several pieces. Resident Evan Smiley said, “My household walked away with a total of 13 pieces of pottery. It was such a perfect weekend community event.”
Moab Mayor Emily Niehaus purchased three pieces of handmade pottery through the silent auction and was ecstatic when collecting her treasures at the end of the event. “I love ceramics, I love the MARC, and I love Seekhaven. It was a win on every level,” said Niehaus. In addition to restaurants and artwork donors, several individuals and businesses offered equipment, time and artistry to the event. For a complete list of donators see seekhaven.org. To get involved working with clay, drop into Desert Sun Ceramics at 1320 S. Highway 191 in Moab.