Throwing for a cause

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By Elizabeth Nailling

Every Monday evening for the rest of this term, Union students and faculty members are invited to create their own handcrafted bowls in the ceramics building.

These bowls will be donated to the Empty Bowls project, an international grassroots effort to fight hunger that hosts events across the United States and at least a dozen other countries.

The idea behind Empty Bowls is simple. Potters, other craftspeople, educators, students and others work with their community to create handcrafted bowls.

At the event, guests make a cash donation in exchange for a meal of soup and bread, and get to pick out and keep a handcrafted bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

The money raised is donated to an organization working to fight hunger.

The past few springs, the Schenectady community has hosted its own Empty Bowls event in Proctors Theater.

Tickets cost $15 and buy a soup dinner, musical entertainment and, of course, a handmade ceramics bowl to take home.

This year, Nancy Niefield, the ceramics professor at Union, along with the other dedicated ceramics students, come in every Monday to make bowls and assist the more inexperienced throwers. They hope that this year they will be able to donate 200 bowls to the event.

The ceramics building is open to anyone in the campus community that is willing to donate a little time, patience and creative energy.

Those who are interested can come by on the next two Mondays: Feb. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Feb. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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