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Pottery instructor Robin Nordmoe, left, helps local resident Holly McCutchen hand build a shallow pottery piece during Saturday’s Empty Bowls event at Kenyon College. The event leads up to a Nov. 9 auction and soup dinner at Kenyon to benefit Food for the Hungry.
Pottery instructor Robin Nordmoe, left, helps local resident Holly McCutchen hand build a shallow pottery piece during Saturday’s Empty Bowls event at Kenyon College. The event leads up to a Nov. 9 auction and soup dinner at Kenyon to benefit Food for the Hungry. (Photo by Virgil Shipley) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
October 2, 2012 9:35 am EDT

 

GAMBIER — Frost has hardly nipped the pumpkin and fall is barely a week old, but the Christmas spirit is already in the air at Kenyon College. Kenyon opened its Gaskin Avenue Crafts Center to the community Saturday afternoon for its 6th Annual Empty Bowls event to benefit Food for the Hungry.

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A lot goes into crafting a pottery bowl, and in fairness it must be said that some folks caught on quicker than others and arrived at prettier results. But the beauty about even the less fanciful creations is that they will be auctioned off at Kenyon on Nov. 9 to support the 31st Annual Food for the Hungry drive.

Saturday’s event attracted dozens of students and Kenyon neighbors to the former home of poet John Crowe Ransom, and every inch of work space was put to use crafting hand-built, slab-rolled and spun pottery bowls. Kenyon senior Max Elder, a philosophy major from Massachusetts, is the center’s manager, and said he first became interested in pottery because of the Empty Bowls project.

“I sort of fell into the place during my first year here,” Elder says. “I had never been involved in crafts, but I really enjoyed the experience and stayed with it.”

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