Open Studio event results in even more Empty Bowls

EmptyBowls2_03-07-15Huntington community members from diverse backgrounds collectively made more than 200 Empty Bowls at the March 7 Open Studio at the Art Warehouse.

The event pushed the ceramics count over the Empty Bowls 1,000-bowl goal for 2015, said Frederick Bartolovic, assistant professor of ceramics at the School of Art and Design.

“This year’s event was just perfect,” Bartolovic said. “We had just the right number of more experienced throwers and beginners.”

Novices behind the wheels Saturday ranged from Marshall students to Huntington Mayor Steve Williams.

Huntington’s Empty Bowls will take place 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at First Presbyterian Church at 1015 5th Ave. in Huntington. There, patrons can choose from hundreds of bowls on sale for $15 each. Each bowl sale includes a modest lunch from donated soups, breads and drinks, served in a single-file line and meant to emulate a soup kitchen. All proceeds from Empty Bowls benefit Facing Hunger Foodbank, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves a client base of 115,000 in 16 counties across the Tri-State.

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Photo: Huntington Mayor Steve Williams (left) gets a lesson from Assistant Professor of Ceramics Frederick Bartolovic.