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March 13, 2014

Ready. Set. Throw! : Clay Center fundraiser set for Monday in St. Peter

Clay Center fundraiser set for Monday in St. Peter

A potter who is able to fashion 24 ounces of clay into a functional, durable bowl in roughly five minutes tends to accrue a lot of inventory.

Cyle Gruver is one such potter, and he's among several providing wares for the Arts Center of St. Peter's annual Souper Bowl fundraiser from 4-7 p.m. on Monday. During the event, visitors can purchase a bowl and have it filled with soup donated by local eateries and businesses.

"Every once in a while it takes me three minutes," Gruver said. "It all depends on what the clay wants to do."

For such a prolific potter, the Souper Bowl is a welcome opportunity to put work in the public's hands. Several other potters will also be contributing to the event which touts more than 250 hand-thrown bowls.

Held in past years during Winterfest, this year's event was moved to St. Patrick's Day at the American Legion, conveniently located near the city's parade route.

All bowls created for the event were made by volunteers, renters and other local potters at the Clay Center and all proceeds will go that facility, which is one of very few such public pottery studios in the region. The event will also feature a silent auction for other fine art pieces.

Juana Arias, director of the Clay Center, said the selection will represent a diversity of styles, techniques and colors.

“It's great because everybody does something a little different,” she said. “With a bowl you'd think there couldn't be much variety — but there is.”

Small bowls will be $8, large bowls will be $12 and a limited quantity of $15 specialty bowls will be available. The cost also includes soup, bread and dessert.

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