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Clayfolk has a history of support to Southern Oregon's Empty Bowls. Donations of pottery items provide organizations with the means to acquire money through sales and auctions. In turn, this money supports hunger programs.

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

Empty Bowls allows participating artists to create and donate bowls, then serve a simple meal. In exchange for the meal, and the bowl, guests contribute a suggested minimum donation. One hundred percent of each meal's proceeds are devoted to local hunger-fighting organizations or charitable groups.

The objectives of “Empty Bowls” are :

  • Raise as much money as possible to feed the world's hungry people. Lives are in the balance.
  • Increase awareness of hunger and related issues. Through education, awareness, and action, concerned individuals can change human attitudes that allow hunger to exist.
  • Advocate for arts education. Nurturing the creative process through the arts enhances the possibility of finding new solutions to old problems.
  • Founded 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”.

Clayfolk supports Empty Bowls events in both Jackson and Josephine Counties, by donating at the end of the show each year and by collecting bowls when the events roll around each year. Jackson County runs their event earlier in the year but Josephine County Empty bowls is held in October. World Food Day is the sixteenth of October this year.

Josephine County Empty Bowls

The eighth annual Empty Bowls event in Grants Pass, Oregon will be held at Parkway Christian Center located at 229 NE Beacon Drive in Grants Pass on October 13, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Guests choose a handcrafted bowl and are then served a simple meal of soup and bread. Guests keep the bowl as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in our own community, as well as in the world. Let's get out there and help feed the hungry in our community.

In Josephine Country the sponsor of the event is Options, a mental health organization. Donations can be take to Ellen Johnson at Options at 1215 SW G Street, Grants Pass. Email Ellen at or call 541 476-2373.

Or contact : Roxanne Hunnicutt or 541.479.1349

Empty Bowls for Jackson County

The Jackson County event is held in May at First United Methodist Church -WESLEY HALL 175 N. Main St., Ashland, Oregon.  TICKETS ​are ​$25. Twelve and under are free. Door Sales begin at 5 PM.

Last year after expenses, Peace house was able to give $1000 to the three beneficiaries, Uncle Foods Diner, ACCESS and Food Angels, an amount exceeding previous years.

If you would like to donate a bowl for the event please contact : Amy Segovia or 909.706.5030


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