At Down Under Pottery in mid-town Lincoln, Kathleen Grossman is combining two of her greatest passions. As a potter, she's creating amazing works of art on a daily basis and as a humanitarian, she's helping out fellow Nebraskans by supporting the Food Bank of Lincoln.
With her hands molded around a lump of clay, that's when this Lincoln East graduate is at her best, "It's great therapy. This is my therapy and my sanity and a little bit of income."
Kathleen is very happy with her life right now, "Oh, it's tremendous. I'm living the life I dreampt of, it's wonderful, I have my own business here so I've been able to spend all the time in my kids schools.
And owning her own business has allowed Kathleen to be very generous with her time. Each year, she makes 800 bowls for the Food Bank of Lincoln's signature event, "I'll usually sit and throw about 4 dozen in a sitting."
Scott Young at the Food Bank of Lincoln has taken full advantage of Kathleen's generosity. Scott says Kathleen has helped raise nearly a half million dollars for the Empty Bowls Luncheon over the past 9 years, "I think it speaks really well of Kathleen's desire to make art a life lifter, and art at it's best is that, and to think that she and her artists here at Down Under Pottery are creating art which will benefit their fellow Nebraskans. She's just one of the best friends the Food Bank has and we've got a lot of great friends and Kathleen's one of them."
Kathleen adds, "The great thing is I get to do something I really, really love and the bonus is, I get to do something to help out the community."
The empty bowls luncheon for the Food Bank benefit is coming up on World Hunger Day in May.