Sacramento Start art student Christopher Thompson spent a year-and-a-half making 1,000 bowls as part of his master’s of studio art program, and to benefit three groups that help feed local residents in need.
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For one day only, all 1,000 bowls will be on display and available for pre-sale from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the California State University, Sacramento’s Alumni Center, 6000 J St. The reception starts at 4 p.m.
Thompson launched the project after a critique in the master’s program recommended he come up with something bigger than himself.
He handmade each bowl and put the exterior glaze on all of them. The interior glazing was a shared project, with friends, fellow artists and gallery patrons participating in the work on more than 500 bowls.
“The collaborations are all about giving the project a louder voice,” Thompson said.
Each bowl is unique, featuring deep, rich colors and eye-catching patterns.
The bowls will cost between $50 and $100 depending on the size, and go on display at about a dozen galleries during the July 13 Second Saturday celebrations in Sacramento, Lodi and Marysville.
Gallery owners are taking a reduced commission and Thompson will get just enough to cover the cost of the clay and reimburse Sac State for the use of its facilities for part of the work.
If all the bowls sell, Thompson estimates it could raise $50,000 to be divided among Loaves and Fishes, Senior Gleaners and Meals on Wheels.
“This stems from the education you get at Sac State,” Thompson said. “They ask you to look at the larger issue in whatever you do.”
“One of our college goals is to create student opportunities and support student efforts in projects like this — to learn while contributing to the world around them in an incredibly impactful way,” said Edward Inch, dean of the college of arts and letters.
For more information on the exhibit call the college of arts and letters at 916-278-6502.