Plotting the future

We've been starting to brainstorm project ideas for our second half of the year. The project needs to have a social justice bent, and use ceramics. Here's our first round of ideas. For the second half of the Art and Advocacy class, we...

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Post-Event Reflections

Sharing a few reactions from the student leaders of Cups for Caritas this year. On Sunday, January 14, the Cups for Caritas team had a successful event raising—well, we can’t tell you how much we’ve raised just yet—for the Bethesda...

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On the road

Thursday, December 14 was a special day for the Art and Advocacy class. The class took a trip down to Philadelphia to meet with the Bethesda Project staff and explore the renowned organization The Clay Studio in Old City. It was a cold afternoon filled with wind gusts...

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Finding strengths

“Yo, can someone put a handle on this one for me?” Ben set a delicate marbled porcelain cup on the studio table. He’d just finished trimming the piece, and trimming had enhanced a swirled pattern of mixed clays. (Since a recent shopping trip, we've all been on a...

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Instructions not included

In just over a month, we will be coming together to share a simple meal while helping raise money for Bethesda Project. Each week brings more work to check off the list, and this past week has been no different. The Art and Advocacy group has been working, it seems...

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Trimming, trimming, and more trimming

After a Thanksgiving open studio of throwing 200+ cups, this past week was full of trimming and handle pulling. The November 25 open studio was a major draw for Malvern alums, almost all of whom did ceramics when they were students. The cups that resulted from this...

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Progress and Giving Thanks

For the past few Saturdays, the studio has been open, busy with students, families, friends, and alumni from both Malvern Prep and Villa Maria throwing cups, trimming bottoms, pulling handles, and glazing fired cups. On Saturday, November 18, the studio was closed so...

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Teaching is Learning

As a student learning is part of our daily lives. We interact with teachers and learn from them. On the night of November 2, the Art and Advocacy class became teachers and gave lessons to the Mother’s Club on how to throw cups, paint and make slab cups. John McGlinn...

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A Time To Be Thankful

We have entered into the month of November and things are rolling smoothly. Our team has been working hard at making cups, coordinating with Malvern associates, and arranging Open Studios. As of this week we have about 150 cups finished. We are getting into the grind...

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Spreading our word

We started by kicking off something new, then we agreed on a final name after a lot of debate, Cups for Caritas. Now that everything was approved and now is official, we want to get the word out to students, families, and alumni. The day after our first and very...

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It’s Official.

Cups for Caritas has been approved to take place on Sunday, January 14 thanks to the Leadership team at Malvern Prep. This is a big step for our team. We met with many key contributors to the event such as Mr. Algeo, Fr. Drennen, Mr. D’Ascenzo, and Mr. Gray, who all...

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PATIENCE!

Patience is one of the necessary virtues of life. Knowing when and how to wait for the right moment comes in handy in life. When planning this event we had to wait and see if the meetings we scheduled went through and if we could get permission to do the things we...

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Cups for Caritas

Class is well underway, and we have settle of the name "Cups for Caritas" as our event name.  With a name like this, we hope to incorporate Malvern’s Augustinian values and bring in people outside of the Malvern community so we can show them what we are all about.  In...

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A Different Approach

Most of our ceramics students focus on the wheel for creating bowls or cups. However, ever since the middle of the year last year, I have been working with slabs. I fell and cut my hands really badly and could not throw for some time. This forced me to try something...

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Cups and Carebears

In case you are wondering, the title of this blog does NOT reflect the new name for the “Empty Bowls” event. You will understand shortly. The past two weeks of class have been filled with the creation of cups, and with this comes the creation of handles. We started...

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Kicking off something new

The word is out, Empty Bowls is getting a makeover!  This year the newly instated Art and Advocacy class focused on the event has decided to change from the conventional bowl event to an event focused on cups and plates. Although the design and logistics may change...

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Reflections and ‘what nexts’

"It is through experiences that make you uncomfortable that you will grow, and you will learn lessons that you could never learn in a classroom. Force yourselves beyond comfort zones, and your world will expand, your vision will widen, and your capacity for empathy...

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Frequently Asked Questions, 2017

Here are a few frequently asked questions about our ninth annual Empty Bowls event.   What does my ticket cost include? Your ticket cost includes selection of one handmade ceramic bowl out of over 800 on display, a simple dinner of donated soup and bread, and an...

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Not so impossible

Last year, my friend John Matthews retired from nearby Conestoga High School after 33 years of teaching.  Although he is one of the most remarkable people I've ever met, John mostly defies description except through amazing anecdotes. I won't do any of those stories...

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New experiences, big changes

“What just happened?” is what I asked myself when I was recruited to be an Empty Bowls chair. This year I did not plan on becoming an Empty Bowls chair. However, even though there are a lot of challenges, it has been a great experience. Before this year I was not as...

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