Handcrafted chili bowls coming to a living room near you

Ceramic Bowl | Photo courtesy of Susan Harris, St. George News, Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY — The Ceramic Guild for the Southern Utah University Department of Art and Design is hosting its annual fundraising “Chili Bowl Sale” Wednesday through Friday. Over 270 handcrafted ceramic bowls will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the university’s Sharwan Smith Living Room.

In addition to student work, Susan Harris, acclaimed ceramic artist and professor of art at Southern Utah University, will be donating a few bowls to the sale as well. All proceeds from the sale support the university’s Ceramic Guild members’ efforts to attend the annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference.

Last year’s Chili Bowl Sale allowed five students to attend the conference, where the students were enriched with educational experiences and were able to connect with graduate school representatives. Jurors were also on hand to critique the students’ portfolios, allowing them to receive additional feedback on their works of art. Multiple art gallery visits were also included in their conference trip.

“Last year, we spent hours walking around the various galleries in the area,” said Seth York, Southern Utah University public administration masters candidate and Ceramics Guild president. “Going to the student exhibits allowed us to see what other artists are creating. I enjoy the galleries the most because you get so much inspiration.”

The Ceramic Guild has ten students attending the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference this year, so they are working hard to ensure this year’s Chili Bowl Sale is a big success. All sales events hosted by the Ceramic Guild fund educational opportunities for its members and allow visiting artists to come to the university to teach new techniques.

Chili comes free with the purchase of a ceramic bowl. Every ceramic bowl is microwave and dishwasher safe, so buyers may choose to eat the chili from their new bowl on the spot or from a disposable container provided by the Ceramic Guild. With prices ranging from $10-$25, it is an affordable way to obtain handcrafted art and feed the appetite at the same time.

For questions about the annual Chili Bowl Sale, please contact Seth York at sethyork23@yahoo.com.

About the Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts

According to a press release from Southern Utah University, the College of Performing and Visual Arts is composed of nationally accredited departments of art and design, music, theatre arts and dance, as well as graduate programs in arts administration and music and a center for Shakespeare studies.

More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College of Performing and Visual Arts. Over 1,100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The college presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations and exhibitions each year. Affiliate organizations include the Southern Utah Museum of Art, Utah Shakespeare Festival and SUU’s Ballroom Dance Company. For more information, go to the College of Performing and Visual Arts website.

Event details

  • What: The Ceramic Guild for the Southern Utah University Department of Art and Design annual “Chili Bowl Sale.”
  • When: Oct. 19, 20 and 21, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Where: Sharwan Smith Living Room, Southern Utah University, Cedar City.
  • Admission: Free to attend; Chili comes free with the purchase of a ceramic bowl.
  • For questions, contact Seth York at sethyork23@yahoo.com

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3 Comments

  • .... October 17, 2016 at 10:26 am

    This is a great way 2 spend time with friends and loved ones and 2 meet new people and experience different art views. looking forward 2 this I would lIke to thank everyone that is involved in making this possible. Praise the Lord !

  • ladybugavenger October 17, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I would rather eat chili and watch the raiders on a big screen in my living room. Go Raiders!

    • .... October 17, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      Make sure you got some Coke and Cheetos they go with Chili

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