Souper Bowl aims to score big for ceramics

January 26, 2010 — by Maggie Lin

Examples of the student-created bowls to be sold at the Souper Bowl Feb. 10.

For most, the Super Bowl brings to mind heavy padding and players tackling each other, but at Saratoga High, the Souper Bowl, a clever play on words, brings to mind big ladles and volunteers tackling vegetables and broth.

After a four year hiatus, the ninth Souper Bowl, a fundraiser for the ceramics program, is returning on Wednesday, Feb.10 from 5-7 pm.m in the cafeteria.

Ceramics teacher Leah Aguayo, the coordinator of the event, is planning a soup supper that the whole school and community is invited to. Aguayo and her students have made about 350 handmade bowls on the wheel in preparation.

"Our goal is to have people enjoy the soup supper and raise awareness of the beautiful ceramic work that my students produce," said Aguayo.

There is a $10 suggested donation and the donation allows attendees to pick out a handmade bowl, and have a soup supper that includes a drink and bread. With the help of parent volunteers, Aguayo is making her famous soup recipes that include vegetarian minestrone, potato corn chowder, black bean soup, and chicken noodle soups.

Besides the work put into preparing the menu, the dedication of her students was required in order to pull off this event as they were involved with the making, trimming, and glazing of the bowls as well as the set-up and clean-up at the event.

Senior Josh Jue, a third-year ceramics student, said, "I've made a couple bowls a week so I probably made around 15 bowls. I'm really excited to be a part of this fundraiser and we've all put a lot of time and effort into it."

For all their hard work, Aguayo "hopes to clear at least $1,500 at the event when all is paid for as "this is an expensive event to put on, so some of the money is going for supplies and ingredients for the food."

Despite the amount of effort needed to pull the Souper Bowl off, Aguayo says, "When I'm so tired from working at the event and walk out into the cafeteria and see a room full of happy people eating my soup out of students' bowls, it is awesome."

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