8th Annual Empty Bowls Houston

Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 (Map)

Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort by artists and craftspeople in cities and towns across the country to feed the hungry in their communities. Hundreds of handmade bowls are donated by local artists and, in exchange for a minimum $25 cash donation, guests pick out and take home a one-of-a-kind handmade bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls – and stomachs – in the world.

Whole Foods Market will be providing a lunch of soup and bread to enjoy outside in HCCC’s Craft Garden, where there will also be live music and artist demonstrations throughout the day. Soup is served at 11 a.m. until it runs out!

The 8th Annual Empty Bowls Houston is presented by Whole Foods Market and implemented locally by Houston-area ceramists and artists working in various media, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Houston Food Bank. The empty bowls serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community and around the world. All proceeds will benefit the Houston Food Bank.

Call for Bowls!

The Houston Empty Bowls Steering Committee invites all artists of all types — ceramists,  woodturners and woodworkers, hot and warm and cold glass artists, fiber artists, mosaicists, polymer clay artists, metalsmiths, painters and sculptors — to create and donate handmade bowls for the 8th Annual Empty Bowls Houston.

In 2011, artists contributed more than 1200 bowls. With bowl purchases by the public, plus donations from sponsors Whole Foods Market and Ceramic Store, Empty Bowls Houston raised almost $50,000 for the Houston Food Bank. Leveraging its charities and distribution networks, the Food Bank provided 3 nutritious meals for 50,000 people in Houston, Harris County, and surrounding counties whose food bowls would otherwise be empty.

Bowls may be dropped off beginning the first week of May at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street (Tuesday through Sunday), or the Ceramic Store, 1002 W. 11th Street (Monday through Saturday).

For more information, visit the Empty Bowls website or contact Thomas Perry at tomperry56@aol.com or 713-660-9488. To keep up with news and events, follow Empty Bowls Houston on Facebook and Twitter. To volunteer for the event, contact Marcia Erickson at merickson@consolidated.net or 936-271-4516.

To read about the challenge for artists to create 100 bowls for the event, read our recent blog post.