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MCCC Art Students Get Wheels Turning for Mercer Street Friends Fundraiser Oct. 22

10/12/17


Art Club Advisor Kerri O'Neill, left, and long-time student Sue Chiu have both contributed multiple bowls to the project.

More than 100 bowls by MCCC ceramicists will be donated to the fundraiser.

West Windsor, N.J. – Empty soup bowls are about to be filled for a good cause. And, with the help of Fine Arts students at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), the proceeds from the “Empty Bowl Fundraiser,” being organized by the Trenton Museum Society, are likely to be a little more plentiful.

The fundraiser will be held in support of the Mercer Street Friends Foodbank and takes place on Sunday, Oct. 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at Trenton Social, 449 South Broad St. in Trenton. Guests will have an opportunity to enjoy a variety of soups prepared by area restaurants and take home a handmade soup bowl.

More than 100 of those bowls have been made in the MCCC Ceramics Studio by students and faculty members.

According to Michael Welliver, MCCC Professor of Ceramics and Sculpture, when adjunct faculty member Ingrid Jordan told them about the fundraising project last May, they considered it a natural fit for Mercer's Art Club.

“We seek to carry out a community service project each year,” Welliver said. “So we decided to help by doing what we do best: make art. A number of students have been making bowls since the spring. One of our students has made 20.”

Welliver said they welcomed the opportunity to participate. “This project is a way for our students to give back. It’s also a powerful reminder that art can play a vital role in the community.”

Welliver himself has added bowls to the total, as have Jordan and Visual Arts Teaching Assistant Kerri O’Neill, who is the Art Club’s advisor.

In addition to faculty, student ceramicists participating in the project include: Sue Chiu, Mary Gilchrist, Jo Krish, Susan Luty, Heather Mahaley, Suzanne Migliori, George Olexa, Rachelle Picarello, Nevin Schleider, Christa Schneider, Pat Schoudel, Lucinda Weller and Christina Young.

O’Neill notes that many of the students are artists in their own right. “Most of them have been making highly professional work in ceramics classes at Mercer for years. Their work is quite beautiful. We are fortunate to have them involved in this project. Guests at the fundraiser will go home with a quality piece,” she said, adding that the glaze is food-safe.

The Empty Bowl Fundraiser is $40 per person, including a handmade bowl, and $20 per person for a plastic bowl. To reigster for the event, visit http://ellarslie.org/empty-bowl-fundraiser.

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