Empty Bowl Project is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger, which was originally started in Michigan in the 1990s. Local artist groups make bowls and solicit donated soup and bread from neighborhood restaurants to support a designated local food service organization.

Recognizing the need for funding to help run our local food organizations, the Hawaii Potters Guild bought the Empty Bowl Project to Hawaii in 2009, which took place at The ARTS at Marks Garage. EBH 2009 sold more than 700 bowls and raised $12,000 for the Hawaii Foodbank in just 90 minutes.

This year, the Hawaii Potter’s Guild is organizing Empty Bowl Hawaii 2011 to be held at Slow Art Friday in Chinatown’s Arts Districut on March 18, 2011. There will be more than 3,000 ceramic, hand-made bowls for sale with gourmet soup donated by 20 of Honolulu’s top restaurants, including Alan Wong’s, Le Bistro, Mariposa, Indigo, Stage Restaurant and Whole Foods, to name a few.

EBH 2011 is expected to generate $60,000 to support Hawaii Meals on Wheels and River of Life Mission.


The Throw-A-Thon took place last year to see which potter could throw the most bowls in two hours. Jeff Chang proved the victor with more than 200 bowls. His bowls will be available at the Silent Auction at Neiman Marcus March 3-14.

EMPTY BOWL HAWAII 2011

March 18, 2011

Slow Art Friday

Pauahi Street

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Signature Bowl Silent Auction


Artwork by signature potters, including Jeff Change, Daven Hee, Kloe Kang, Fred Roster, Allyn Bromley, Toshiko Takaezu and Xavier Gonzales.

Neiman Marcus

March 3-14

and online at www.emptybowlhawaii.org