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16th Annual Empty Bowls Houston

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.

    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.

Donated bowls can be delivered May 1-17 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft or at the Ceramic Store.

**Please check with the drop-off locations for their business hours. We thank you in advance!

    Empty Bowls Preview Party

Want the first choice of bowls?  Join us at the Empty Bowls Preview Party on Friday, April 3 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.


Volunteers are an important part of Empty Bowls. Sign up for a volunteer shift today!

  Archway Gallery Silent Auction

Archway Gallery is honored to be a part of the Empty Bowls Houston’s fundraising endeavor by hosting the annual invitational exhibition of bowls and artworks. Over 30 finely crafted, one-of-a-kind bowls made of ceramic, wood, glass, and fiber, will be displayed in addition to the work submitted by both 2D and 3D Archway Gallery Artists. The Empty Bowls artwork may be purchased through the month-long Silent Auction with proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Online bidding will take place May 4 at 10:00 a.m. until May 25 at 9:00 p.m.

Opening Reception: May 10, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Archway Gallery
Closing Reception: May 25, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Archway Gallery

   Thank you to our 2019 sponsors    



Katz Coffee  •  LD Systems  •  Mad Potter  •  Slow Dough Bread Co.
Sofer Entertainment  •  Susan Young

If you are interested in becoming a 2019 Empty Bowls sponsor, please contact Courtney Hunter at 832-369-9312.

    Empty Bowls Houston Contacts

Samantha Oldham

Houston Food Bank
Courtney Hunter

Paula Murphy