Using Art to Fight Hunger: Carlow University’s Bowls in the Night Set for February 8

Carlow University will host its annual Bowls in the Night pottery marathon on Thursday, February 8. Bowls made this night go to the Empty Bowls Dinner.

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Annual Pottery Marathon Creates Bowls for Just Harvest and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Empty Bowls Dinner in March

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Everyone has heard of “starving artists,” but Carlow University’s Bowls in the Night pottery marathon turns that concept around as it focuses on artists helping people who are hungry in our community.

Bowls in the Night will take place on Thursday, February 8, 2018, beginning at 5 p.m. and lasting until midnight, in the ceramics studio on the first floor of Antonian Hall on the Carlow University campus.  It is an opportunity for local artists and art students to make clay bowls for Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest’s Empty Bowls Dinner.

“This event not only benefits an incredibly worthy cause, but it is also an opportunity for the students to learn how to use their talents outside of the classroom to serve others,” said Carlow art professor Dale Huffman, who hosts the event each year, is an internationally renowned potter, and has been teaching at Carlow since 1996.  He began organizing Bowls in the Night not long afterwards.

The bowls made at this event – on average about 200-250 annually – are provided to the patrons of the Empty Bowls dinner to take home as a keepsake.

The Empty Bowls Dinner will take place on Sunday, March 18, 2017 at Rodef Shalom synagogue, located at 4905 Fifth Avenue in Oakland.  It is a simple community meal of soup and bread to help remind people of the one in eight residents of Allegheny County who are facing hunger.  The event, which features soup made by some of Pittsburgh’s top restaurants and celebrity soup servers, typically attracts more than 1,500 people and has raised more than $500,000 in the past 21 years to fight hunger in our region.

For more information about the Empty Bowls Dinner, please call 412-431-8960. For tickets, please visit:


Editor’s Note:  The news media is welcome to cover Bowls in the Night.  Please call Drew Wilson on his cell phone – (412) 260-6807 – to arrange convenient, free parking.

About Carlow University

Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curricula, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in three colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, and Learning and Innovation. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change.  Carlow’s 13 athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.

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