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3rd annual Empty Bowl-A-Thon underway in Joplin, as part of effort to alleviate local hunger

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI - The 3rd annual Empty Bowl-A-Thon is currently underway in Joplin, as part of an effort to alleviate local hunger.

Experienced potters at Phoenix Fired Art, along with ceramics students from Missouri State University, are taking part in the 12-hour bowl-a-thon to see how many bowls they can make in one day.

The bowls will then be glazed, waxed, and fired, to be sold at a fundraising event this fall.

Last year, 400 of the 1,000 bowls made were created during the bowl-a-thon.

Potters are using a new clay body today, to make this year's bowls different from those of previous years.

"This year, we're using a white stoneware that's very nice and smooth, and our colors will be brighter," said Heather Grills, owner of Phoenix Fired Art.

"With the ability to take the clay, and with a certain skill level and healthy dose of patience, you can literally make clay look like anything else," said Kevin Hughes, ceramics professor at Missouri State University.

The Empty Bowl fundraiser will take place on the third Thursday of November.

Participants get to try a variety of soups from local restaurants in exchange for purchasing a handmade bowl.

Last year, the event generated more than $16,000.

The local charities that will benefit this year include Salvation Army, Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission, Crosslines Churches of the Joplin Area, and Meals On Wheels.
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