Empty Bowls Event Nov. 11 Raises Funds and Awareness for Hunger Relief


The Ceramics Center at USI has been working full tilt to make more than 1,000 bowls for the 2017 EMPTY BOWLS Evansville Event, sponsored by the USI Art & Design Department with support from Ivy Tech business students.

The event is planned for Saturday, Nov. 11, from 11a.m. – 2 p.m., at Sauced, 1113 Parrett St., in Evansville’s Art District. The wide variety of soups will be provided by Sauced.

Empty Bowls is a national non-profit organization that lends its name to any organization fundraising for hunger by making and selling ceramic bowls. This is the sixth Empty Bowls event that Alisa (AL) Holen, associate professor of ceramics at USI, has organized.

Holen’s ceramics 1-3 courses were re-classified as “Service Learning” courses in the fall, which opens up the courses to focus on service as well as ceramics. USI Students have been educating as well as learning as groups come into the Ceramics Center at USI to make bowls. After the bowls have been made, USI ceramics students trim and sign each bowl with the maker’s name. They then bisque fire the bowls, glaze the bowls, and glaze fire the bowls in the electric, gas, and salt kilns.

Ivy Tech students in the School of Business, Logistics, and Supply Chain have teamed up with the ceramics students at USI to help organize the event. These students have spent their time organizing the event with soup providers, advertising, and with organizational details. Their work on the project strengthens their understanding of companies acting in a manner which is legal, ethical, and socially responsible.

Each bowl made by the community will be sold for $10/each and come with a choice of soup donated by Sauced, water donated by Tropicana, and a Zip Stick donated by Azzip. Empty Bowls will also feature a “Pro-Bowl” room with professionally-made bowls at higher prices.

Proceeds from this event will be used to support local organizations fighting hunger.

For additional information contact:  Faith Fox, Ivy Tech assistant professor, ffox6@ivytech.edu.