Students make 150 bowls for local Empty Bowls fundraiser

February 24, 2014

A group of UW-Stout students is doing its part to make sure local residents have plenty of food on the table.

Seven members of the Ceramics Guild will be contributing approximately 150 bowls to the Empty Bowls fundraiser, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Menomonie Middle School.

Bowls created by students for the Empty Bowls fundraiser are ready to be fired in a kiln at UW-Stout.The event benefits the Stepping Stones of Dunn County food pantry and Menomonie Area Bread for the World.

Lunch, which includes soup and bread, is $7. Attendees can pay $17 and keep their bowl. A silent auction, bake sale, entertainment and family activities also will be offered.

Many other organizations are contributing bowls, food, services and other items to the event.

UW-Stout students first created the bowls during a "throw-a-thon" about two weeks ago, according to coordinator Katherine Marotz, an art student from Marshfield. The process consists of wedging the clay, throwing the bowls on the wheel and trimming and decorating them.

Then, last week, the bowls were glazed and fired in an electric kiln.

"Students do this because they care about ceramics and they know this work will be going to a good cause. Members of the Guild try to work together as a community, so if we as a group decide to do something we all try to participate," Marotz said.

UW-Stout donated the materials and facilities for the project.

The Ceramics Guild has helped provide bowls for the Empty Bowls event for many years.

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