Soup Bowl Supper fundraiser set for Wednesday in Steamboat |

Soup Bowl Supper fundraiser set for Wednesday in Steamboat

Nicole Inglis

— Soup season started months ago for a group of 10 local potters preparing for the fall tradition of Soup Bowl Supper.

Deb Babcock, owner of Blue Sky Pottery, said she's made about 35 soup bowls, one by one, and each soon will make its home in a cupboard of one of the 300 patrons of the annual fundraiser.

The Soup Bowl Supper takes place Wednesday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center with seatings at 5:30 and 7 p.m. The cost is $25 in advance (available at All That Jazz and Blue Sky Pottery) and $30 at the door. The price includes a handmade clay bowl to take home.

Babcock said the event raises $5,000 to $6,000 each year. She said Steamboat Clay Artisans, the group that puts on the annual event, solicits requests from nonprofits and this year chose Court-Appointed Special Advocates as the beneficiary. CASA provides volunteers to support young children in the justice system.

"They wrote a really nice letter and talked about why they really need the money," Babcock said. "I think they just touched our heart."

The fundraiser started 11 years ago when Babcock said members of the Steamboat Clay Artisans group each had to review a pottery wheel. To review it, they had to make something. So why not soup bowls?

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They held a fundraiser that first year to benefit LIFT-UP of Routt County and gave away the bowls to all those who came in to eat soup for a cause.

The next year, Babcock said, the potters were eager to do it again.

"It was fun for all of us to get together," she said. "We'd usually take a day in May, and everybody would bring their wheel over. It was a great time to get together and do something. We love the idea of introducing the community to the handmade pottery in Steamboat. It ended up being a ball for us, and the nonprofits have really enjoyed it, too."

Babcock said it gives the potters a chance to get creative with soup mugs, triangular bowls and layered glazes.

As guests enter the community center Wednesday, the potters will display about 25 bowls at a time for attendees to choose as their own.

There will be soup options from vegetarian soups to thick chilies, coming from donors including Ore House at Pine Grove, Sweetwater Grill, Riggio’s Ristorante, the Colorado Mountain College culinary program, The Bakery, Mambo Italiano, The Drunken Onion Get & Go Kitchen, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., Yampa Valley Medical Center and more.

Babcock said the event sells out every year.

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email

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