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Pelicans Throw Bowls to Help the Hungry

Art students in Jennifer McCandless’s Ceramics II class this fall are making bowls to donate to a national effort to address hunger in inner cities.

As one of their assignments this term, each student is creating at least two ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls, an international, grassroots movement to help the hungry in local communities. The students are expanding on their ceramics skills by creating bowls — either by throwing on the wheel or using a mold— and then firing and glazing the bowls to completion.

Finished bowls will be donated for a local Empty Bowls fundraising event in support of the regional food bank Foodshare. The event will be held at Manchester Community College in late October. Event participants purchase a bowl of hearty soup, donated by area restaurants, that is served in one of hundreds of bowls hand-crafted by local artisans. Attendees enjoy a meal and keep their bowls, and Foodshare receives 100 percent of the proceeds to be used directly for those in need.

In addition to the Ceramics II students, members of the student-run Pelican Service Organization and students in the Community Service Program are contributing to Loomis Chaffee’s bowl-making effort.

Photo and reporting by senior Kenedi Clinton.