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16th Annual Empty Bowls Houston
April 4, 2020

Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort by artists and craftspeople in cities and towns across the country to feed the hungry in their communities. Empty Bowls Houston is implemented locally by Houston-area ceramists and artists working in various media, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Houston Food Bank.

For a minimum $25 donation, attendees have the pleasure of selecting a bowl from hundreds of one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted bowls donated by Houston area ceramists and craft artists, then receive a simple lunch of soup and bread freshly prepared by the Houston Food Bank. Pottery and woodturning demonstrations and live music will be featured at the event.

The empty bowls serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community and around the world.

Hands-On Houston: Play with Clay
During Empty Bowls Houston, families are invited to drop in and play with clay at Hands-on Houston, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Participants will experiment with air-dry clay and make impressions of leaves and plants from HCCC’s Craft Garden.

Call For Bowls!

Make and donate bowls to help feed the hungry in our community! Last year, more than 1,500 bowls in clay, wood, fiber, glass, metal, and other media were donated by local artists at colleges, K-12 schools and group or individual studios. We are asking for your time, talent, and generosity to help us match that incredible number this year. Bowl donations may be dropped off at the below locations:

• March 16 – April 3, 2020 at the Ceramic Store (1002 W. 11th St., Mon. – Sat.)

• March 21 – April 3, 2020 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (Wed. – Sun.)

**Please double check with these locations on their hours of operation.


We can’t make Empty Bowls happen without our volunteers. Check out our Empty Bowls volunteer opportunities!


Upcoming Events    Upcoming Events

Archway Gallery’s Empty Bowls Invitational Exhibition & Silent Auction
March 7 – April 2, 2020

Archway Gallery is once again hosting a special exhibition and auction to raise money for Empty Bowls Houston. More than 30 finely crafted, one-of-a-kind bowls will be displayed in addition to the work submitted by both 2D and 3D Archway Gallery artists. The Empty Bowls artwork may be bid on through the month-long Silent Auction with proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank. There is a special reception on March 7, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Archway Gallery to meet the artists, view these very special works, and begin bidding. All bowls will be on display for bidding via silent auction through April 2, 2020. Archway Gallery is located at 2305 Dunlavy (77006). For more information, visit www.archwaygallery.com.

Empty Bowls Preview Party
April 3, 2020

Want the first choice of bowls?  Join chairs Ashley and Tyler Horne at the Empty Bowls Preview Party on Friday, April 3, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. to enjoy light bites, beer, wine, artist demonstrations, and the first opportunity to purchase an Empty Bowl.  Tickets are $50 each

  Thank you to our 2020 sponsors    


Slow Dough Bread Co.  •  Third Coast Clay  •  Susan Young  •  Virginia and Andre Bally
LD Systems   •  Saint Arnold Brewing Company   •  Sofer Entertainment

If you are interested in becoming a 2020 Empty Bowls sponsor, please contact Heather Icenogle at 713-547-8636.

    Empty Bowls Houston Contacts

Samantha Oldham

Houston Food Bank
Heather Icenogle

Paula Murphy