Souper Sunday’ four days away

PUHI — What started out as a way to draw business on what is normally a very slow day, Super Bowl Sunday, has grown into a successful fund-raiser with a following of its own, explained Susan Pittman.

Pittman, of Clayworks at Kilohana, is rushing to create 150 special soup bowls for her 10th annual Souper Sunday fund-raiser for Kauai Food Bank this Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For a $20 donation, patrons select a bowl of their own, get it filled with soup created by Chef Andy Althouse of Gaylord’s Restaurant also at Kilohana Plantation, and can either eat it there or tion, take it home, she explained.

Due to her workload, though, she got something of a late start this year, she lamented.

“It’s late, but it still kind of snuck up on us,” Pittman said. “It feels like it came up so fast. It’s felt like it was here in no time.”

Her sister, Linn Ellingson, added that they had just completed over 200 pieces for the Lihue Lutheran Church’s 125th anniversary celebration, and Sunday is only four days away.

“But, she’ll get it done,” Ellingson said with confidence.

“Chef Andy will be on the air with Ron Wiley Thursday,” Ellingson offered. “By then, he’ll have his soup selection, so people will know what to expect.”

Jim Young of Bellevue, Wash., was in the shop trying to find two identical (or, close to identical) bowls so they could take them home to Washington when he and family members leave Thursday.

“We’ll enjoy the soup in Washington,”

he smiled, noting that the beneficiary organization is a worthy one.

Over the span of 10 years, Pittman has tried several different ways of producing the soup bowls for the event, she said. Ellingson said the best way is for Pittman to create everything herself.

Pittman has had students work on producing bowls, potential customers helping with glazing, and various other methods.

But, there’s only one master at Clayworks, and Pittman’s skilled hands quickly produced another bowl in the growing collection.

“It’ll go into the kiln for final glazing on Thursday,” Pittman said. “We unpack over the weekend, in time for soup on Sunday.”

Tickets are available at Clayworks at Kilohana, and at the Kauai Food Bank. For more information, people can call Clayworks at 246-2529, or visit the Web site at www.clayworksatkilohana.

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