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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. But we raised $22,500 for TOTAL Ministries in 2014!

Bowl-Making Events

This year, all public bowl-making events will be held at either Spartanburg Art Museum's Art School, located at Chapman Cultural Center, or at West Main Artists Co-op in Spartanburg. At these events, the public is invited to create handmade pottery bowls. No experience is necessary, and all materials, including instruction by Carolina Clay Artists, are free. The bowls are left to be glazed and fired, and are eventually used on Soup Day. Organizers hope to have more than 1,400 bowls made this year. Please join us on the following dates:

• THURSDAY, JUNE 18 – 6-8:30 PM (ArtWalk) @ West Main Artists’ Co-op
• SATURDAY, JUNE 20 – 10 AM-Noon & 1-3 PM @ Spartanburg Art Museum's Art School
• SATURDAY, JULY 18 – 10 AM-Noon & 1-3 PM @ Spartanburg Art Museum's Art School
• THURSDAY, AUGUST 20 – 6-8:30 PM (ArtWalk) @ West Main Artists’ Co-op
• SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 – 10 AM-Noon, 1-3 PM @ Spartanburg Art Museum's Art School

Soup Day 2015

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, SEPTEMBER 26, in 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.

2015 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 2014, 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 more than $22,500 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 2015 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.