Empty Bowls Houston 2019

Blog Author: Anne Hallman-Perez

Call for Bowl Donations: Empty Bowls Houston 2019


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 artists working in various media, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Houston Food Bank.

For a minimum $25 donation, attendees of the fund-raising event have the pleasure of selecting a bowl from hundreds of one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted bowls donated by Houston area 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. 

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. HFB is asking for your time, talent and generosity to help match that incredible number this year.

 Here are the details:

1. The Event is held on May 18th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, so Houston Food Bank will be setting up in the morning on May 17th. Glass Gathering members are welcome to drop off bowl donations at the May 11th meeting. These will be delivered by Anne Hallman-Perez. If you can't make that deadline, then drop off your bowls before close of business May 16th at either HCCC or the Ceramic Store.

2. Bowls need not be food safe, but if you could please include signage on the bottom or to be included with each bowl to ensure buyers are well informed of their purchase. Also, please attach any of this type of information securely to your donation. 

3. They sell soup size bowls for $25 (equals 75 meals), anything larger is priced accordingly and sold in the Select Bowl area of the event. That being said, they usually still price the glass bowls higher because these sell really well and the detail is usually worth the bump in price. If you have suggestions for pricing, please label your items clearly so that HFB can best respect your wishes with the donated items. 

4. The Glass Gathering March meeting activity (on 3/9) will include time for members and visitors to assemble a bowl to be donated. Participants will need to bring their glass or purchase it from Harmony Stained Glass. Harmony will be donating all firing costs for the bowls. If you do not have fusing experience, there will be members there who can give you guidance.