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Celebrity Bowl by Ruth Thompson

Celebrity Bowl by Ruth Thompson

Description of Item

Size:10.5"d x 4"h

Technique: Wheel-thrown

About the Artist

Ruth Thompson completed her bowl with the help of SPARC Studio potter, Alex Macias. Ruth is the Founder and President of Hugs Café, Inc., a 501c3 organization that provides training and employment to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

She moved to McKinney, Texas from Colorado in 2004. In 2012, with the support of her husband, Chris, and other members of the McKinney community, she began the journey of Hugs Café, Hugs Greenhouse, and now Hugs Training Academy. Since opening Hugs Café in 2015, Ruth has been humbled to be the recipient of many community and state awards and recognitions. She was recognized by Congressman Sam Johnson, Representative Scott Sanford, and McKinney City Council for her work in the disability world. She received the Community Builder Award from St. John’s Lodge in McKinney. In 2017, she was honored to receive the McKinney Quality of Life Award presented by the McKinney Community Development Corporation, and in 2019 received the Lex Frieden Employment Award. In 2022, the Texas Restaurant Association awarded Ruth with the first-ever Community Impact Award.

She is married to her biggest supporter, Chris. They have three children, all now living in Texas, along with four beautiful grandchildren.


If you want to help fight food insecurity in Collin County buy a ticket here:

Empty Bowls McKinney

12 Years of Fighting Hunger

May 4th, 6 - 8 p.m.

McKinney Performing Arts Center in Downtown McKinney

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