Honors Ceramics students host an open
studio in support of Empty Bowls project
PITTSBURGH-Students, faculty and staff at the Community College
of Allegheny County's South Campus got their hands dirty for a good
cause last week. Honors Ceramics students led a service learning
project in which they invited the campus community to create
ceramic bowls for donation to the "Empty Bowls" fundraiser. The
March event, organized by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food
Bank and Just Harvest, is held to raise awareness, as well as
money, to help fight hunger and food insecurity in the region.
"It's a really cool event for a great cause," said
Scott Cornish, associate professor of Art, who was surprised by the
statistics. "It's pretty astounding, the number of people who
are food insecure in Allegheny County."
Honors Ceramics students enthusiastically chose the activity to
fulfill the honors component of the class. Throughout last Friday
afternoon, five students guided 15 to 20 participants-students,
faculty and staff-who wanted to try their hand at throwing a bowl
on the potter's wheel, which is not an easy undertaking. Between 30
and 40 bowls were created, which will be fired and glazed by the
students. The nicest ones, about 25, will be donated to the Empty
"It was great to see the students actually doing the
teaching," said Cornish. "They showed they had
learned what I taught them, and they were able to convey that skill
to others. They did a really great job."
Prepared by top chefs, the simple community meal of soup and
bread served at the Empty Bowls event is designed to help remind
people of the one in eight residents of Allegheny County who are
facing hunger. The dinner typically draws more than 1,500 people,
and in the past 20 years has raised more than $500,000 to fight
hunger in our region. Each participant will take home a handmade
ceramic bowl as a reminder.
To learn more about CCAC's Arts programs, visit ccac.edu/Art_.aspx.
Photos: CCAC Honors Ceramics students teach fellow students and
faculty members how to throw a bowl on a potter's wheel.