In just over a month, we will be coming together to share a simple meal while helping raise money for Bethesda Project.

Each week brings more work to check off the list, and this past week has been no different. The Art and Advocacy group has been working, it seems nonstop at times, in the studio trimming and pulling handles for all of the cups made from the open studio on Saturday. Meetings between the team, Director of Dining Services Mr. Tom Gray, and Associate Director of Development Mrs. Carolyn McLaughlin also took place, this time the goals were to discuss our latest expenses and sponsorships.


Mrs. Carolyn McLaughlin meets with our team to review our fundraising letter


After last Saturday’s open studio, some student potters, along with Ms. Plows, took a trip to The Ceramic Shop in Norristown. The Ceramic Shop is one of the largest ceramic supply shops on the East Coast.

After purchasing colored porcelain clay, students went home and left the boxes of clay in their cars over the weekend. The following Monday, when Ms. Plows questioned us about the cold clay in the studio, Dave’s response was that he thought the clay came with instructions stating that it should be cold.  When Ms. Plows informed us that there were no instructions, John C. swiftly said, “Clay is just like children, it does not come with instructions.”

We may have had a good laugh at John’s comment, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought that Cups for Caritas is a lot like children and the porcelain clay: it does not come with instructions either. Yes, it is Malvern’s tenth year hosting a fundraiser for the Bethesda Project, but it is the first time the event is being held on a Sunday morning combining a Mass celebration and a brunch. There are a lot of other firsts for this event, including the fact that it is the first time our team is organizing it. From the start in September, we have kept organized notes that could hopefully serve as instructions for future Cups for Caritas events.

There may be no instructions for this iteration of Empty Bowls, but thankfully we have teachers and staff to guide us, along with the strengths of members of our team. That is better than any set of instructions.