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Soup Bowl Supper returns Tuesday evening

In preparation for the 14th annual Soup Bowl Supper, the Steamboat Clay Artisans Group gets the handmade bowls washed and ready for Tuesday's event, which will benefit the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. This year, seven artisans each made 30 bowls for the event.
Audrey Dwyer

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What: 14th annual Soup Bowl Supper

When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13

Where: Depot Art Center, 1001 13th St.

Tickets: $30 in advance from the Depot or All That and $35 at the door

— Divots, cascading paths of glaze and mesmerizing patterns — reflections of a clay artisan’s character is found in the details.

Creating artistic yet functional pieces, the Steamboat Clay Artisans have diligently worked on a collection of handmade bowls throughout the past few months in preparation for the annual Soup Bowl Supper Fundraiser.

Offering a one-of-kind collection, the 14th annual Soup Bowl Supper will serve meals at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Depot Art Center. Featured soups will be provided by Cafe Diva, Mambo Italiano, Low Country Kitchen, Carl’s Tavern, Drunken Onion, Backcountry Deli, The Egg & I and Murphy’s Tavern.



“It’s giving in a way that’s a little different,” said Jody Elston, artisan and the chairwomen for the Soup Bowl Supper.

Led by the Steamboat Clay Artisans, seven local ceramic artists have worked outside their normal routines to throw, trim, fire, glaze, re-fire, clean and sort the bowls, which will be filled with soup for each patron.



“This really shows people the difference between handmade and something that’s just manufactured,” said artisan Deb Babcock, also owner of Blue Sky Pottery. “It’s also a way to showcase what is made here. People love being able to open up their cupboard and see that unique, one-of-a-kind piece of art for everyday use.”

Elston said designs, textures and glazes change each year as artists continue to experiment with various techniques, resulting in a wide variety of work from each artist’s repertoire. A few of this year’s new designs and glazes will showcase majolica techniques and intricate glaze patterns which are, for some artists, a departure from what they would normally create.

“It’s an avalanche effect, in a way, because every year, you see something new because we learn from each other and experiment with new glazes, textures, sculptural elements, etc.,” Elston said. “Everyday use of the bowls inspires us.”

Supporting a variety of nonprofits through the years, the event raises between $4,000 and $7,000. This year, Elston said, organizers hope to raise $8,000.

Taking the donation in a different direction, the money raised will go to the Steamboat Springs Arts Council to renovate the historic caboose into the new Create Space venue, where donated art materials will be available to art educators, artists and various workshops.

“It’s just been sitting there with broken windows and graffiti,” said Terese Coco, program and events coordinator for the SSAC. “We want to turn it into the new Create Space area so that it can be expanded. We are growing as an organization and need more room to hold some of these programs.”

Hoping to renovate the venue by cleaning it and making it secure, Elston said she and the group of artisans were immediately drawn to the idea of the renovation and its potential. In addition, she said, this will be the first time in quite a while the event has been held in the intimate setting of the Depot Art Center.

Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased at The Depot Art Center or All That. Tickets are also available at the door for $35, and the admission price includes a handmade soup bowl, soup from local restaurants, bread, dessert and beverages, plus the chance to win a door prize. The event typically sells out.

There will also be a silent auction for other handmade items such as large bowls, mugs vases, etc.

“We started this 14 years ago, and it has been the most affordable fundraiser in town,” Babcock said. “And every year, it’s a treat to watch people pick out their favorite bowls and are so happy with what they find. It’s a good feeling.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1


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