Students donate artistic talent for charity

February 26th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

Glen Este High School students were given a unique opportunity to display their artistic talents on Wednesday, Feb. 18, as they under-glazed soup bowls for a charity organization. Not all the students who participated were art majors. Some were from the Art Club, National Honor Society and Key Club.

Ann Flynn, of Star Glazers, brought unfinished bowls to Glen Este High School and invited students to participate in creating one-of-a-kind bowls for the Inter Parish Ministry annual Soup Bowl event.

"Each year the Inter Parish Ministry holds a fund-raising luncheon and all those who attend receive a soup bowl," said Flynn. "I have been helping prepare the bowls for the past five years, since the beginning of the event. This year IPM has asked for 300 bowls. In the past, I enlisted the help of younger children to do the painting, but we are striving for a better quality artwork, so I have asked high school students to help. It took a lot of time to help the younger students with the process but the older students just need a little direction to get going."

Flynn provided the bowls, glazing, brushes, stamps and models of previous bowls to get the students motivated. She explained techniques, offered her assistance and then stood by while more than 20 students began creating. This was the first year that Glen Este students have participated in the charity event and West Clermont Institute of Performing Arts teacher, Kim Ziebold was excited to be included.

"We had approximately 23 students help with the project," said Ziebold. "The students learned how to glaze pottery as well as supporting the community in serving Inter Parish for their annual fundraiser. I would love to help out Ann Flynn again next year."

Flynn is the owner of Star Glazers, a mobile pottery studio. She takes the supplies for a pottery painting party to any location. Her clients create their own design and under-glaze the pottery. She then takes the pottery back to her home, adds the over-glazing and fires the pottery and returns the finished product to the client.

"The Inter Parish Ministry is a worthwhile charity organization," said Flynn. "They have a food and clothing pantry, soup kitchen. They offer emergency assistance to those in need and offer counseling. The Soup Bowl is their largest fund-raiser each year and it's nice to be able to help them."

The Inter Parish Ministry Annual Soup Bowl is scheduled for noon, Saturday, April 25, at the Phoenix, in Cincinnati and will include a silent auction and a raffle.

To view some of the finished bowls from previous years, visit Star Glazers web site at starglazers.whatthefin.com.
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