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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Feb. 6, 2012

Clay Club to host Fourth Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser

Patrons select their bowls at Northwest's 2011 Empty Bowls fundraiser. Northwest ceramics students and local potters annually produce handmade ceramic bowls, which guests may purchase with a soup supper.

Patrons select their bowls at Northwest's 2011 Empty Bowls fundraiser. Northwest ceramics students and local potters annually produce handmade ceramic bowls, which guests may purchase with a soup supper. (Photo by Taylor Allan/University Relations)

Northwest Missouri State University ceramics students and art department faculty are again giving back to the community with a unique event that showcases their artwork and offers a meal while raising funding for a local agency and awareness of hunger issues.

The Fourth Annual Empty Bowls event, sponsored by the Northwest Clay Club, is 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, in The Station, located on Northwest Drive between College Park and Icon Road. Parking is available.

During the fall and winter, Northwest ceramics students and local potters produced a large number of hand-made ceramic bowls for the event. Each guest has the opportunity to select a bowl for a soup supper.

At the end of the meal, Clay Club volunteers wash the bowls for patrons to take home. All proceeds from the event are donated directly to the Ministry Center Food Pantry, and last year’s event raised more than $2,500.  

“The bowl serves to remind us that there are empty bowls out there every day and every night, and that hunger and access to good nutrition are vital issues in every community,” said Laura Kukkee, Northwest associate professor of art. “This is a chance for our community to come together to support a worthy cause and to celebrate the effort and generosity of the students, local potters and the local restaurants that participate in this unique, heartwarming event.” 

For $15, patrons may purchase a bowl, meal and one door prize ticket. For $25, patrons may purchase a bowl, cup, meal and one door prize ticket. Cash or checks, made payable to the Ministry Center, are accepted.

Local businesses have donated food, and this year’s menu includes soups, pastas, drinks and breads. Participating businesses consist of A&G Restaurant, Mandarin Chinese Restaurant, Pagliai’s Pizza, Northwest Campus Dining and Maryville HyVee. 

Bob Schultz, a local artist and musician, will provide musical entertainment during the dinner. Door prizes, including artwork donated by faculty and senior students of Northwest’s art department, also will be awarded.

Begun at Northwest in 2009, Empty Bowls is the Clay Club’s annual fundraiser. Empty Bowls is a community service project launched in 1991 by a group of ceramics students in Michigan and is now sponsored by ceramics programs throughout the United States and Canada. Students, faculty members and local potters spend about five months preparing for the event by making, glazing and firing more than 250 soup bowls.  

For more information, contact Kukkee at kukkee@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1324.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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