Raiden Clark, a pre-schooler at Trinity Presbyterian Day Care in Havelock, remembers how soft the clay was when he made his bowl.
“You push it in and roll it in your hand and push it in and put it on the table,” Clark said.
Clarke was among about 20 students from the pre-school who joined a handful of eighth-grade students from Annunciation Catholic School in a Bowls for Blessings fundraiser in which they made bowls to support a parishioner.
“If anyone has children, they know that they love to put their hands into anything gooey and soft and to be able to mold it into to little things,” said Eva Glennon, art teacher at Annunciation Catholic School “We worked with the round ball method of making balls, so that was very easy for the children.”
Sarah Allen, director at the pre-school, said the effort raised money for Karen McCloskey, a teacher at Annunciation who lost her husband earlier this year to cancer.
Led by the eighth-graders from Annunciation, the pre-schoolers made bowls to be sold for $10 each. The bowls were glazed and fired in a kiln. The older students brought the bowls back to the Trinity students last week and sat down for a soup dinner with their younger friends.
“The whole concept was to let everybody make a bowl, make a donation for the bowl and then that money is going to support some parishioners who have exorbitant medical bills and recently lost loved ones to cancer. That’s how the collaboration started and it’s been wonderful,” said the Rev. Shirley Rogers, pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church. “The little kids really respond to the older kids, and of course the older kids love it. It’s a field trip for them. They’ve never done anything like this before, so we’re very excited about the collaboration process and we’re hoping to do more in the future.”
Lily Sweet was on of the eighth-graders who helped.
“It was actually really fun being here with them and meeting good Christian children from around the town,” she said. “It was a lot of fun. I love working with little kids.
“The bowls weren’t so easy, but once we all figured it out, it went really well. I’m going to be really glad to have them as a memory.”
Eighth-grader Jahnava Patel also enjoyed the experience.
“It was really nice seeing them and really interacting with them,” Patel said. “I think she glazed them really nicely. They came out really beautiful. It would be amazing to do again.”
Glennon said the project would not have succeeded without the help of potter Robin Griswold-Ott, who volunteered her help.
“The first day, we came with the pottery lady Ms. Robin, who donated a bunch of her time, and Trinity had all of it ready for us to sit down with the kids. It was very encouraging,” Glennon said. “The big girls enjoyed getting out of school, of course, but also working with the little kids. They’re pretty familiar with it from being at Annunciation and working with little kids and it was rewarding for all of us. Ms. Robin had all that set up for us before hand, and they mashed them into the bowls.”