Fundraiser serving up artistic and culinary creativity Thursday at Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne

Art teacher Trevor Campbell, right, organized the SERVING Bowls Chili Fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Concordia Lutheran High School. Money raised will be given to St. Mary's Soup Kitchen. Working on a handmade soup bowl for the event is student Sarah Schwantz, 16. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Concordia Lutheran High School senior Mitchell Studebaker volunteers time in the school art room to make a bowl for the SERVING Bowls Chili Fundraiser 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the school. Money raised will be donated to the St. Mary's Soup Kitchen. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Concordia Lutheran High School student Mitchell Studebaker smooths the rim of a clay bowl he is making for the SERVING Bowls Chili Fundraiser 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the school. Money raised will be donated to the St. Mary's Soup Kitchen. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Concordia Lutheran High School students Sarah Schwantz, left, and Mitchell Studebaker volunteer time in the school art room to make a bowl for the SERVING Bowls Chili Fundraiser 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the school. Money raised will be donated to the St. Mary's Soup Kitchen. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Bowls made by student, faculty and staff volunteers await glazing in the art room at Concordia Lutheran High School. Volunteers are making the bowls people will use for the SERVING Bowls Chili Fundraiser 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the school, with money raised being given to St. Mary's Soup Kitchen. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)
Finished bowls fill shelves in the art room at Concordia Lutheran High School. The bowls made by student, faculty and staff volunteers will be used used for serving homemade chili during the SERVING Bowls Chili Fundraiser 5-7 p.m. Thursday benefiting the St. Mary's Soup Kitchen. (By Kevin Kilbane of News-Sentinel.com)

Concordia Lutheran High School’s fundraiser for St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen has been an event that has helped volunteers along with making it possible for them to help others.

About 35 students, faculty and staff at the high school, 1601 St. Joe River Drive, have volunteered time this spring semester to sit at a pottery wheel and shape clay soup bowls for the SERVING Bowls Chili Fundraiser 5-7 p.m. Thursday in the school’s art room.

The cost of $20 per person includes a choice of a handmade, one-of-a-kind clay soup bowl and homemade chili made by a variety of volunteer cooks. Money raised will be given to the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen to help it feed local people in need.

“I really enjoy it,” said senior Mitchell Studebaker, 18, who sat at a pottery wheel making a bowl Wednesday after school. “It’s fun, calming.

“It makes you feel really good when you get one to come out,” said Studebaker, who is in a ceramics class this semester at Concordia.

He’s already made 12 to 15 bowls for the fundraiser. Volunteers hope to make 200 bowls or more, said art teacher Trevor Campbell, who organized the project.

The fundraiser fits with the theme for this school year: “United in Service with Christ at the Center,” said Campbell, who participated in a similar project while he was a student at Ball State University in Muncie.

Many of the volunteer bowl makers haven’t made pottery before, such as Sarah Schwantz, 16, a junior.

Shaping a small mound of clay into a soup bowl was difficult at first, Schwantz said as she worked on another soup bowl after school Wednesday. But Campbell has been very helpful and a cheerleader, she added.

“It’s getting a lot easier,” said Schwantz, who now has made 10 to 12 bowls.

“It’s therapeutic,” she added. “It is very calming. It is just fun to be artistic.”

The work also has become like a little support group, she said, with people volunteering time in the art room to make more bowls for the project.

“It’s a little different to teach people who have not worked in clay before, but they can pick it up pretty fast,” Campbell said.

He also coordinated the glazing of the bowls and their firing in a kiln to finish them.

Campbell hopes they sell all of the handmade bowls. He’ll also have some white, Styrofoam bowls in reserve in case that happens or if people want more chili than their small bowl holds.

CHILI FUNDRAISER

WHAT: Use a handmade soup bowl to enjoy homemade chili during the SERVING Bowls Chili Fundraiser. Proceeds will go to St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen for use in feeding those in need.

WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 19

WHERE: Art room in Concordia Lutheran High School, 1601 St. Joe River Drive. Enter through the school’s main door, which faces Anthony Boulevard.

COST: $20 per person donation includes a handmade clay bowl made by students, faculty or staff and a variety of homemade chili choices.

NOTE: The event is part of Concordia’s weeklong celebration of the fine arts, so people attending can view artwork by Concordia students as well as from students at local Lutheran elementary schools.

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