Empty Bowls

This Sunday, VC hosted our 13th Annual Victoria Empty Bowls event to improve food security. There are some amazing folks on our campus who throw and fire clay bowls for this event.  One of the kilns in our Fine Arts building, Big Bertha, runs at 2000+ degrees. I wanted to understand that temperature just a bit, so here is my chart:

5,480 F Wade’s Welding Rodeo
3,150 F Molten Lava
2,000 F Big Bertha fires bowls
832 F Sulphur is liquid and not yet vapour.
362 F Paper ignites
212 F Boiling Point of water.
95 F At this core body temperature, maximum shivering occurs. Any lower is dangerous.

I’d sent this chart about the VC intranets, and I have to thank some amazing colleagues for corrections and additions. For example, I learned one throws, not casts, a bowl. I also learned that the holes in a kiln through which flames can spout are called ‘peep holes’. Finally, I learned that the colour of the bowl set as the image for this post was, in fact, a happy mistake. And that reminded me mistakes can often be the best sort of place to learn.



Matt Wiley is a tenured, associate professor of mathematics with awards in both mathematics education and honour student engagement. He earned an assortment of degrees in computer science, business, and pure mathematics from the University of California and Texas A&M systems. He is the director of quality enhancement at Victoria College, assisting in the development and implementation of a comprehensive assessment program to enhance institutional performance outcomes. A programmer, a published author, a mathematician, and a transformational leader, Matt has always melded his passion for writing with his joy of logical problem solving and data science. From the boardroom to the classroom, he enjoys finding dynamic ways to partner with interdisciplinary and diverse teams to make complex ideas and projects understandable and solvable.

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