Empty Bowls

Held annually in Jackson and Josephine Counties

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level.

The basic premise is simple: Potters, craftspeople, educators and others donate their time and talents to create handcrafted bowls. The community is then invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are invited to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. One hundred percent of each meal’s proceeds are donated to local hunger-fighting organizations or charitable groups.

It is the collective energy of all the people involved that has made Empty Bowls what it has become today. Events now take place across the United States and in at least a dozen other countries. Many millions of dollars have been raised and donated to hunger-fighting organizations – all on a local community level.

Each year Clayfolk members donate hundreds of bowls to Empty Bowl events in both Jackson and Josephine counties.

Clayfolk members donate bowls at the end of the annual Clayfolk Show & Sale, as well as a call for donations is coordinated by our Clayfolk Empty Bowls committee chairs.


Empty-Bowls-2014Jackson County Empty Bowls

April 28, 2017


Event location: United Methodist Church, 175 N Main St., Ashland   MAP
About the event:

This event brings people from Jackson County together for a common community purpose; a soup dinner and pottery sale fundraiser to help alleviate hunger  and food scarcity in the Rogue Valley. Last year the collaboration of Ashland potters, elementary school, high school and S.O.U. student potters  joined with Clayfolk and raised over $15,000 which was distributed to Uncle Food Diner, ACCESS and Food Angles.

Bowl drop off location:

Southern Oregon Clay Distributors at 1134 Suncrest Rd. in Talent, Oregon have graciously agreed to be the drop off place for bowls designated for this event. Also, we would appreciate it if you would include your name and email address when dropping off your bowls so we can properly thank you.

All bowl makers receive free admission to the event. Peace House has in-kind donation forms for potters who have donated their bowls for the event.  Donating potters can email info@peacehouse.net and the Peace House Empty Bowl coordinator will email you a ticket and an in-kind donation form.

To donate bowls please contact the Clayfolk Jackson County Empty Bowls chair or drop your bowls off at Southern Oregon Clay Distributors (address above) with your name and email address attached to your donations.

To purchase an Empty Bowl ticket and for more event info click here.

IMG_3739Josephine County Empty Bowls:

October 9, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

Event website: http://www.optionsonline.org/empty-bowls-2-1/

Event Description:

Options for Southern Oregon is happy to announce that the 11th Empty Bowls event in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Guests choose a handcrafted bowl and are then served a bowl of soup and bread. The handmade bowl is theirs to take home as a reminder of hunger in our community.

To donate bowls please contact the Josephine County Empty Bowls chair.


Parkway Christian Center
229 NE Beacon Drive
Grants Pass

More about Empty Bowls

empty-bowls-logoFounded by Lisa Blackburn and Art teacher John Hartom in 1990-91 when they joined a drive to raise charitable funds in his Michigan community. Hartom’s idea was to organize a charitable event to give artists and art students a way to make a personal difference. Hartom’s students made ceramic bowls in their high school art classes. The finished products were then used as individual serving pieces for a fund-raising meal of soup and bread. Contributing guests kept the empty bowl. During the next year, Hartom and other participants developed this concept into “Empty Bowls”.

Visit the official Empty Bowls website.