For over 20 years, each Fall Semester, the Department’s ceramic students host the Empty Bowl Project, a service activity to support the Statesboro Food Bank. During this event, students create unique bowls then serve a simple meal of chili to the public in exchange for a $10 donation. Spending much of their free time during the semester diligently creating bowls, students and Ceramics Professor Jeff Schmuki also open the studio to the public for two days.
Emeritus ceramics professor, Jane Pleak, brought the Empty Bowl Project to Georgia Southern in 1990, the same year Georgia Southern became a university. Jane Pleak was the director of the program until 2012, when she retired.
Georgia Southern and the community gather to learn about the masterful process of creating a ceramic bowl from start to finish during the Project’s Open Studios located in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art’s ceramics studio. Everyone, from skilled alumni and faculty to beginners, is welcomed into the studio to discover and appreciate the art of ceramics.
Once all bowls are fired and glazed, they are prepared for the one-day, two-hour sale that takes place each year during Be the Change Week (formally Social Justice & Well.I.Am Weeks) on Georgia Southern’s campus. In this short time frame, the BFSDoArt students traditionally sell out of chili and raise record donations for the Statesboro Food Bank.
For every dollar donated, the Statesboro Food Bank is able to provide the equivalent of seven meals to someone in need. This bank serves as the largest food supplier in the area, assisting the surrounding counties of Tattnall, Candler, Screven and Toombs. The Statesboro Food Bank feeds anyone in need, however, they mainly service the working poor. During their after-school program, The Boys & Girls Club of Statesboro, with help of the Statesboro Food Bank, feeds 250 under privileged children to ensure they are getting the nutrition they need. They also provide breakfast and lunch during the summer weeks when kids aren’t at school.
Learn more about the Statesboro Food Bank.
Be on the lookout for next Empty Bowl event, and make a difference in the community!
Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group.
CHILI BOWL SALE
Thursday, October 30
11am – 1pm
Russell Union Rotunda
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