First Green Bowl Workshop For Empty Bowls Project July 11

A teen shows off her first bowl at an Empty Bowls workshop at the Teen Center. Courtesy/ Self Help Inc.


Over the past 25 years, many talented children and adults have created bowls to donate to the Empty Bowls Project held each March in Los Alamos.

Preparing 400 to 500 bowls for the event has become a year-round activity. The event benefits Self Help Inc.

In addition to offering traditional glazed ceramic bowl-making opportunities, “Green bowls” are being donated to the Empty Bowls Project. Green bowls or upcycled bowls utilize readily available recyclable materials such as magazines, printer paper, paper maché or newspapers to create hand-crafted decorative containers. 

The first series of Green Bowl Workshops, taught by Deborah Gill, is 1-3 p.m. Friday, July 11 at the Los Alamos Teen Center.

“We really are happy about the partnership and collaboration with the Empty Bowls Project. We are thrilled to host the bowl-making sessions,” Teen Center Director Sylvan Argo said.

The Los Alamos Teen Center is operated by The Family YMCA through a contract with Los Alamos County.

Self Help Inc., formed in 1969, is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting people in need in northern New Mexico by providing crisis intervention, case management, advocacy and seed/education grants.

More information on Self Help, Inc. and the Empty Bowls Project may be found at

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