Soup dinner serves up fund-raiser |

Soup dinner serves up fund-raiser

Potters donate time, projects for event

Doug Crowl

— The LIFT-UP Soup Bowl Supper brings a different fund-raising idea to Steamboat Springs.

For $15, locals can pick out a one-of-a kind clay bowl to keep, fill it with some of the best soup made in the Yampa Valley and also help the less fortunate in the process.

Thirty-five experienced local potters created the bowls.

The bowls were spun in May at the Ceramic Design Group studio. They were doing the work for the LIFT-UP Soup Bowl Supper, which will be held Tuesday, but the idea comes from a universal potters fund-raising project called the Empty Bowl Project.

“The genesis of this project was that potters were looking for a way to get involved with their community,” Ceramic Design Group owner Jonathan Kaplan said.

Potter Gail Holthausen wanted to do the project in Steamboat, but couldn’t figure out how to get enough potters to do the work, which totaled 240 bowls.

She then started working with Kaplan, who just happened to be hired by Pottery Making Illustrated magazine to do a review on 35 spinning wheels.

Potters from around the region participated in the spinning wheel review and the bowls they made will be used in Tuesday’s fund-raiser.

“I think they look great,” said Deb Babcock, who helped organize the event. “People will have so much fun picking them out.”

Babcock, Kaplan, Holthausen and company pulled the last of the 240 bowls out of the fire on Sunday.

“It’s like being in a candy store,” Holthausen said while going through the rack of still warm bowls.

She also picked up a few pieces that can’t be used for soup.

“Some of the artists just couldn’t resist,” she said.

About 40 of the non-soup bowls will be sold in a silent auction.

For the bowls that can hold soup, ticket holders will have the luxury to pick from eight different soups made at local restaurants.

Cafiva, Tobiano, Off The Beaten Path, Slopeside Grill, Steamboat Brewery and Tavern, Harwig’s, Creekside and La Montana all donated soup for the event.

There are two sittings at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Tuesday for the supper at the Depot.

Tickets are available at the LIFT-UP Thrift Store on Oak Street and at the door.

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