Glory Bowl

University of Alaska Southeast ceramics department, Juneau potters donate 500 bowls to homeless shelter fundraiser at Centennial Hall

Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2006

More than 500 ceramic bowls will be displayed during the third annual "Empty Bowls" dinner, a fundraiser for The Glory Hole, from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Centennial Hall.

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Two dozen local restaurants and bakeries have donated soups and breads for the dinner and, as is tradition, everyone will be invited to keep their bowl as a constant reminder of the scourge of hunger.

"We are fortunate to have a wealth of creative and generous artists in our community," Whittaker said. "My office is stacked with boxes full of unique and beautiful bowls waiting to be selected by diners."

Tickets are $25 each and are available at Hearthside Books or from board members of The Glory Hole. Children under 12, accompanied by a parent with a ticket, will receive a complimentary serving of soup.

Pianist Tom Locher and Full Circle musicians Mary DeSmet and Greg Burger will play during the evening.

All proceeds will go toward the operation of The Glory Hole, Juneau's homeless shelter and soup kitchen. The organization served roughly 52,000 meals in 2005 and provided more than 7,500 bed-nights, said Jetta Whittaker, executive director of The Glory Hole.

The national Empty Bowls movement began in 1990 in Michigan. A high school art teacher encouraged his class to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal to support a food drive. Guests were served soup and bread and were allowed to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger.

Hundreds of Empty Bowl events are now held across the world. For more information about the national event, visit www.emptybowls.net.

benefit

what: "empty bowls" dinner for the glory hole.

when: 5-7 p.m. april 23.

where: centennial hall.

tickets: $25, available at hearthside books or from glory hole board members.

Dozens of potters have created bowls for Sunday's dinner at Centennial Hall. The ceramics department at the University of Alaska Southeast donated 150 this year.

"Each bowl takes more than an hour from start to finish when you have to glaze it, you have to fire it, you have to dry, prep it and sand them down," said Jeremy Kane, UAS ceramics professor. "There's over 500, 600 pounds of clay. You have to mix the clay, prepare it, let it sit, wedge it.

"To make a bowl acceptable enough to be functional you can't have too many mistakes," he said. "(The students) are probably losing one bowl for every bowl they put in. They're still working on their craft."



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