Potters Needed for 15th Annual Throw-a-thon

throw-a-thonsmThrow a bowl, feed a hungry human. Students with Lake Superior College’s Art Club and area artists will use their creativity to fight hunger throughout the region during an upcoming Throw-a-thon Dec. 5-6.

This fund-raising activity will support Duluth’s “Empty Bowl” project, an annual event to raise money for Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.

The 15th annual Lake Superior College Throw-a-thon will take place from noon until 10 p.m. on Friday, December 5 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 6.  Held in the ceramics studio in LSC’s Fine Arts building, the event attracts dozens of students and some of the region’s most accomplished artists to throw ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowl. “This Throw-a-thon promises to be another fun occasion for students and professional artists to help the community in a creative way,” said Jason Anderson, vice president of the LSC Art Club. “In addition to raising funds, the Throw-A-Thon is a great social event for students and artists. We encourage others to come join us and be part of this tradition as well.”

College officials estimate that the Throw-a-thon has produced more than $150,000 worth of bowls for the Empty Bowl over the last 15 years. “The LSC Art Club does the organizing to supply the materials and studio space and invites area potters, students, and professionals to bring their skills, dedication, and creativity,” said Cody Olander, LSC art faculty member and club adviser. “We hope to make hundreds of bowls again this year.”
The completed works of art will be available for a donation at the Duluth Depot on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The bowls will be offered along with a variety of delicious soups that have been donated by area restaurants on that day.

Area artists and community members are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Cody Olander at cody.olander@lsc.edu.

The proceeds from the “Empty Bowl” support the Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, the sole distributor of surplus food products to over 140 charitable food programs, including the region’s soup kitchens, food shelves and shelters.  As a non-profit food bank, its primary role is to provide food to the front-line charitable agencies that offer meals to the hungry.  The food bank also provides food to over 1,000 people per month as part of their direct service programming.