Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Fundraisers All about Bowls ; Chili, Soup Will Fill the Vessels

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Fundraisers All about Bowls ; Chili, Soup Will Fill the Vessels

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The materials are alike and the vessels seem similar, but the victuals and the ventures take different directions in soup-line ceramics sales presented this week by groups at University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville. Ceramics students, faculty and alumni at UE will serve homemade chili in handmade crockery Thursday in the Clay Club's 11th annual Chili Bowl Sale. Their effort will raise money for a local school's art program and for UE's ceramics activities.

The newest and most ambitious effort, USI's communitywide Empty Bowls project, returns Saturday for a second year to raise money for United Caring Services, with a combination ceramics sale and soup kitchen in Evansville's Arts District.


More than 200 students, faculty and volunteers from USI, area high schools, businesses and local organizations have worked together to throw, glaze and fire about 700 bowls to raise money to feed Evansville's hungry.

As it did last year, Twilight Bistro will provide a half-dozen soups - country potato, vegetable, chili, tomato basil, pumpkin pie and butternut squash - to fill the bowls in the food and ceramics sale running from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Adams Art Gallery, 56 Adams Ave.

The local Empty Bowls project is part of a national effort begun at a Colorado High School in 1985, where students sold handmade bowls of soup to help charitable organizations fighting hunger.

Alisa "Al" Holen, a ceramist and assistant professor of art at USI, began organizing Empty Bowl projects several years ago in Mississippi, where she taught before joining USI's faculty.

She introduced Empty Bowls to USI last year. That effort, led by USI art students working with high school students, business employees and representatives of other organizations and the community, produced more than 700 bowls, netting $7,000 for local charities.

After evaluating charitable organizations, Holen's students voted to split last year's Empty Bowls profits, giving $3,000 to United Caring Shelters and $4,000 to the Tri-State Food Bank.

This year, with about 700 bowls again, students have decided to give all the Empty Bowls money to the renamed United Caring Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping provide "life's basic necessities" for men, women and children in the Evansville area.

Volunteer bowl makers this year have included USI students and faculty, as well as students from Bosse, North and North Posey high schools, representatives from the Deaconess finance department, the Evansville Department of Metropolitan Development, Arts, Beats and Eats (a Haynie's Corner arts business) and Girl Scout Troop 121 from Dale, Ind.

Like many of the volunteers, Mark Krahling didn't know how to throw a clay bowl when he showed up to help out. Krahling, an associate professor of chemistry and associate dean of USI's Pott College of Science, Engineering and Education, brought his girlfriend and his two teenage daughters to a bowl-making session. …

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