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Empty Bowls is an international, grassroots project connecting potters with the general public to make bowls that feed the hungry.


We hold public bowl-making sessions throughout the summer, each leading up to the Soup Day fundraiser held at Chapman Cultural Center.


Sure, you get to make art for free. And yes, you get unlimited soup, bread, tea, entertainment, and a bowl. We raised $27,000.00 for TOTAL Ministries in 2015!

This year’s soups are by…

II Samuels
Cribb’s Kitchen
Cribb’s Catering
Episcopal Church of the Advent Young Adults
Farmer’s Table
Fatz on Pottery Road
Lime Leaf
McClellan’s Urban Eatery
Mon Amie
Moveable Feasts
Nguyen, Andre
Palmetto Palate
Southern BBQ
Sun King
Sparks Fire Inspired Grille @ Marriott
Wild Ace’s
Willy Taco

This year’s bread, tea, and other donations by…

The Beacon
Cakehead Bakery
Little River Roasting Company
Long Horn Steakhouse

Also, let's give a huge thanks to the following musicians who will provide free, live entertainment during Soup Day:

11 a.m.–12 p.m. – Daniel Z
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Fayssoux McLean & David Ezell
12 p.m. & 2 p.m. – drum circle by Melisa Emkjer
1 – 2 p.m. – 2 Daves
2 – 3 p.m. – Mark Miller
3 – 4 p.m. – Frank Walker

Soup Day 2016

Bowl-making events are the messy part; people young and old come together to get clay under their fingernails and exercise their creative muscles. Soup Day, however, is the day where everyone gathers to see what the community has created and share in the philanthropic spirit.

This year's Soup Day will be held on SATURDAY, October 15, in the Spartanburg Art Museum and the theater lobby at Chapman Cultural Center, 11 AM - 4 PM. For just a $15 per bowl donation, you can come and pick your favorite work of art to take home, gorge yourself on unlimited gourmet soups, bread, and tea, and listen to music from regional musicians. All proceeds will go towards feeding the hungry citizens of Spartanburg.

Eat the Soup. Keep the Bowl. Feed the Hungry.

2016 Beneficiary

Each year, proceeds from Soup Day benefit a local non-profit whose mission is to eradicate food insecurity and help families in need. In 2015, we selected TOTAL Ministries of Spartanburg County as our beneficiary, and the partnership worked so well, we've chosen to work with them again!

Last year, we raised $26,000.00 to help the good work of TOTAL Ministries. While the Carolina Clay Artists managed bowl-making sessions, glazed, fired, and organized, TOTAL Ministries took charge of enlisting volunteers and restaurants, and they helped out tremendously in so many ways.

They're more than just the beneficiary; they're a partner and close friend to Hub City Empty Bowls, and we hope to raise even more this year to support their cause! 

Thanks to All of Our 2016 Sponsors

Proceeds from this event (Soup Day) will be directed to the Hub City Empty Bowls Project Fund, a component fund of The Spartanburg County Foundation, established to increase awareness about the issues of food insecurity, and to raise funds to help local organizations fight hunger. This year's beneficiary organization is TOTAL Ministries.

This program is supported in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg, and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.