The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 18, 2013

Bowl-A-Thon under way at Joplin art studio

By Emily Younker

JOPLIN, Mo. — Doug Lorenzen was throwing as many clay bowls as he could Thursday morning before he was due into work.

“It’s a hobby,” he said. “I like creating something out of just a piece of clay and ending up with a usable vessel of some kind.”

Lorenzen, of Joplin, is one of more than a dozen potters participating today at a Bowl-A-Thon at Phoenix Fired Art, 1603 S. Main St. The goal of the event, which will continue until 9 p.m., is to make 1,000 bowls that can be used in November for the art studio’s Empty Bowls fundraiser for three Joplin charities.

“It’s a big undertaking to make 1,000 bowls,” Lorenzen said. “It sounds accomplishable, but that means between now and November, someone has to make 40 bowls a week. So if you can get a big group together and knock a bunch out, you can get a running start.”

The public is invited to watch the potters at work throughout the day.