Pottery group preps for Empty Bowls

February 26, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Marshall University’s Keramos Clay Club lent a hand Saturday as volunteers worked for four hours making homemade clay bowls for the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser during an Empty Bowls Open Studio day at the Art Warehouse.

MU President Jerry Gilbert paid a visit to the ceramics studio to help make bowls for this year’s Empty Bowls. Each bowl he made allows the Facing Hunger Foodbank to provide 112 meals for the local community.

The Huntington Museum of Art’s artist in residence, ceramics artist Kathleen Kneafsey, will also organize Empty Bowls pottery-making sessions to help provide the bowls needed for the annual fundraiser.

This year’s 16th annual Empty Bowls is set for 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave., Huntington.

Bowls will be $15, and a modest soup lunch will be served by local volunteers and restaurants, as well as a chance to participate in a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Facing Hunger Foodbank.

The purchase of one $15 piece of handcrafted pottery is equal to 112.5 meals for the Facing Hunger Foodbank in Huntington. Facing Hunger Foodbank is a private, nonprofit, charitable organization founded in 1983 and is incorporated in West Virginia. Formerly known as the Huntington Area Food Bank, the Foodbank initially served Cabell and Wayne counties. The need was so great across the region that the Foodbank expanded its service area after its first year of operation. The Foodbank’s service area currently includes 248 agencies across 17 counties in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.

Empty Bowls raises between $15,000 to $17,000 each year from the sale of nearly 2,000 handmade bowls.

Go online at https://www.facinghunger.org.