Build a Bowl, Make a Difference

Posted by Karen Lykins - Tuesday, September 14 2010
klykins@tntech.edu
Office of Communications & Marketing

If you can build a clay bowl, the Appalachian Center for Craft needs you this Saturday, Sept. 18, for the 2010 Bowlathon. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Clay Studio at 1560 Craft Center Drive in Smithville.

Each year, clay artists and enthusiasts build hundreds of bowls during the one-day event. The goal for this year: to create 1,000 or more bowls.

Why so many bowls? These serve an important purpose far beyond holding soup. After the bowls are built, they are glazed, fired, and then donated to Cooking on the Square, an event later this fall supporting the Putnam County Habitat for Humanity.

Bowlathon provides most of the bowls for Cooking on the Square, which is no small task, but one welcomed by those involved every year.

“The craft community enjoys giving back, and we want to build as many bowls as possible to support this very worthwhile cause,” said Vince Pitelka, head of the clay department at the Craft Center. “We know that the more bowls we can donate, the more successful we can help make Cooking on the Square.”

Pitelka says they are looking for volunteers with some experience with clay, using either wheel throwing or hand building techniques, to build bowls, plus other people who can wedge clay or can help weigh balls of clay to be used that day. The clay will be provided. Volunteers will be treated to refreshments including pizza, donuts, and drinks.

The 2010 Cooking on the Square will be on Oct. 29.

If you’d like to volunteer or have any questions about Bowlathon, please contact Vince Pitelka at 931-372-3051 or e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Sharon Hartman at 931-267-2882 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .