A major ceramics conference is drawing thousands of people to the Rhode Island Convention Center. The conference features a variety of ceramic art – from traditional bowls to sculptures and even a pile of high heeled shoes.
It is put on annually by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Organizer Jacqueline Hardy said the work comes from across the globe.
“All over the country, international; we come from Australia, China, Japan, Canada of course,” said Hardy.
Hundreds of people convene Friday at Roger Williams University Law School for a conference on the cost of incarceration. The event will bring local and national experts together to discuss the problems in the criminal justice system.
Judge Judith Savage is a justice in residence at Roger Williams, and she organized this conference. She said Rhode Island is in the top five states when it comes to the number of residents on probation. That means they are more likely to struggle to find work or get an education.
The Rhode Island Food Bank is hosting a fundraiser Friday night with a twist. The event called “Empty Bowls” lets participants eat soup from local restaurants in bowls created by local and national artists.
Participants can take the bowls home with them at the end of the evening. Food Bank spokesman Hugh Minor says the concept was created by a Michigan ceramics teacher and his wife twenty-five years ago.
“They got to take this bowl home as a symbol of what they’d done and the fact that there still were empty bowls in their community,” said Minor.
Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend a ceramics conference at the Rhode Island Convention Center through Saturday. The event is one of several that have brought large crowds over the winter. Attendance has gone up at the convention center despite the bad weather.
Providence lawyer and mystery writer Jack Partridge is out with his third book. His latest novel, Scratched, unravels the mystery of a dead university professor with ties to Providence’s Italian community.
For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay spoke with Partridge to talk about his novel and what makes Providence a great setting for a murder mystery.
The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame has announced this year’s inductees. Legendary CBS journalist Fred Friendly is on the list.
Friendly, who passed away in 1998, got his start in broadcast journalism in Rhode Island. After graduating from Hope High School in Providence, he went on to work at radio station WEAN.
Friendly moved onto television at CBS, where he created the news documentary program with Edward R. Murrow, See It Now. Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame spokeswoman Debbie Rich said the show was groundbreaking.
Lawmakers will consider legislation today that would up the legal age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products. Rhode Islanders can currently start buying cigarettes at age 18.
The new legislation would bar people under the age of 21 from buying cigarettes, or any other tobacco related products. That includes cigars, chewing tobacco, and the increasingly popular e-cigarettes.
The House Committee on health, education and welfare is taking up the bill.
A Senate task force has come out with a troubling report on Rhode Island’s Department of Children Youth and Families – the agency that oversees child welfare and the state’s foster care system. The report found significant evidence that some children in the system are not being well-served. Now serious questions are being raised about how the department is run.
Rhode Island Public Radio education reporter Elisabeth Harrison talked about the issue with task force co-chair State Senator Lou DiPalma.