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Today, super bowls are in the making

| Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009

They start out as lumps of clay.

They end up as tangible symbols of hope and sustenance

Tonight, potters and students will gather at Carlow University in Oakland for the Bowls in the Night Marathon, creating bowls that will be used for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's Empty Bowls Dinner.

Dale Huffman, an art professor at Carlow, started the project about a decade ago in one of his beginning clay classes.

"I wanted to find a project they could work on that would extend beyond the classroom," Huffman says. "It helps this organization and does it in a very organic way."

Huffman says it takes a certain amount of skill to make a nice bowl, but that all are welcome to attend. At previous Bowls in the Night, between 60 and 80 people have shown up for the event, including students and faculty from the university and potters from the Pittsburgh ceramic community. They produce as many as 350 bowls, which will be used at the annual Empty Bowls Dinner on March 15 at the Rodef Shalom Congregation in Oakland.

"The time and skill that goes into hand-making each bowl is a labor of compassion for the hungry," says Joyce Rothermel, chief executive officer of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. "Bowls in the Night assures Empty Bowls of having the kind of beautiful bowls that draw more than 1,200 people to attend."

Additional Information:

Bowls in the Night

When : 7 p.m. today

Admission : Free

Where : Antonian Hall, Carlow University , Oakland

Details : 412-578-2095

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