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NAHS Advisor Jessica Zamachaj, NAHS President Hannah Nedovnikov, Student Teacher Erin Osborne, and NAHS Co-Advisor Brian Flinn

NAHS Advisor Jessica Zamachaj, NAHS President Hannah Nedovnikov, Student Teacher Erin Osborne, and NAHS Co-Advisor Brian Flinn

Hey mom, what’s for dinner? The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) of Amity High School in partnership with the Jamie Hulley Arts Fund and the Culinary Department will be hosting an Empty Bowls Event, Wednesday April 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This event, which Orange Live first announced on March 26, will bring students and community members together in the service of those who are currently struggling with the inability to afford enough food.

The idea was born about 7 years ago from a grassroots group of potters who made bowls, filled them with soup and took donations to raise awareness to those less fortunate.

NAHS Advisor Jessica Zamachaj, said, “Schools were asked if they would like to do it, and there was no designated time or place (i.e. the third week of April) just a desire to help others.”

Co advisor Brian Flinn said, “A lot of elementary schools and colleges run their own events and it is something Amity NAHS President Hanna Hannah Nedovnikov has wanted to do since last year, so when she was elected president, she made the Empty Bowls Evening her cause.

The bowl Hannah made. I think it's spoken for, but I really like it.

The bowl Hannah made. I think it’s spoken for, but I really like it.

“It’s nice to give back and have a creative flair to it and it’s fun,” Hannah, a senior, said.
More than 30 students have helped make this project a success so far, creating 150 different bowls of all shapes, colors and sizes. Each one as unique as the person who created it.

The students have been working since November creating, glazing and decorating the ceramic bowls for the event and are looking forward to a wonderful evening to celebrate this cause.

Zamachaj said, “It’s not just the NAHS students who’ve worked on it. We opened it to the entire school so, there were many students who’ve never done art (ceramics) before so it’a been interesting watching them get creative.”

Hannah said many of the bowls were made using the slumping method, wrapping the clay around a curved form, cleaning up the edges, then firing them and painting them.

Zamachaj said it’s an easy way for anyone that doesn’t have the hang of using the wheel.

The upper level culinary students are doing all the kitchen prep work and creating the soups — at least enough for 200 guests.

By last week, 12 to 20 students had volunteered to work during Wednesday’s Empty Bowls event.

To participate in this event, community members are asked to come to the high school between 5:30 and

7:30 p.m.  For a minimum donation of $10, each patron will receive a handcrafted bowl, their choice of soup, and bread. Entertainment will be provided.

The Jamie Hulley Arts Fund donated money for the food and for the clay and glazes used for the bowls.

“It’s a great project for an organization like the NAHS which has a service component to it as well as supporting exhibitions of young artists,” said Flinn. “This is something we haven’t done in a long time. It’s taken a huge amount of time to prepare for, and it’s nice with having the art students doing creative aspect of it, bringing attention to a social cause, letting students volunteer, bringing the community in and sharing.”

“It’s been a lot of fun being with the students after school and seeing kids who might not normally interact, talking, laughing, creating and having fun,” Zamachaj  said.

If anyone is interested in donating to the event, but cannot come on Wednesday night they can send a donation to the National Art Honor Society at Amity High School.  All proceeds from the event will go to the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven.

The National Honor Society hopes this event provides Amity students with the awareness of the importance of community service and the variety of ways that their talents can play a role in helping others.

Originally Published on: Apr 2, 2013 @ 7:43 p.m.

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