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thumb Bowlathon_PicCalling all clay artists! Come hand build or wheel throw a clay bowl at the 2011 Bowlathon at Tennessee Tech University’s Appalachian Center for Craft on Saturday, Sept. 17. The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Clay Studio at 1560 Craft Center Drive in Smithville.

Craft Center clay professor Vince Pitelka hopes clay artists and enthusiasts alike will come out to build more than 1,000 bowls during the one-day event.

The bowls will be donated to Putnam County’s Habitat for Humanity to be sell at the organization’s annual Cooking on the Square fundraiser this fall. After the bowls are made, they will be glazed and fired so they can be sold. Bowlathon provides most of the bowls for Cooking on the Square.

“We truly want to build as many bowls as possible to support Habitat for Humanity and the great work they do,” said Vince Pitelka, head of the clay department at the Craft Center. “The more bowls we can donate, the more help they can provide to families who want and need good homes. The artists love knowing what they do contributes to this worthy cause.”

Pitelka said 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, doughnuts and drinks.

The 2011 Cooking on the Square will be on Friday, Oct. 28, around the courthouse in Cookeville, Tenn.

If you’d like to volunteer or have any questions about Bowlathon, please contact Pitelka at 931-372-3051 or email to, or Sharon Hartman at 931-267-2882 or