Empty Bowls Wichita 2019 / Call for Bowls

Folks have been asking, and I have the details now! Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for the Kansas Food Bank (where I work) and is a collaboration between the WSU Ceramics Guild, The Ulrich Museum of Art, the School of Art, Design & Creative Industries at WSU, as well as USD 259, and WSU Go Create, among others. You can learn more and keep up-to-date on Facebook: www.facebook.com/emptybowlswichita

We had a really great showing of bowls donated from the Ceramics Studio last year and I’m looking forward to seeing what amazing things folks make this year! :heart_eyes:

The main chili cook-off event, where you can buy any number of amazing hand-crafted bowls, will be happening on October 5th from 11 AM - 1 PM, at WSU Go Create. The chili is great, thanks to a couple dozen competitors / sponsors, and there are going to be a whole bunch of amazing desserts again this year! Prior to that, there are a couple of ways you can engage with the program:

  • If you want to make a bowl at home or here at MakeICT either ceramic, wood, or glass to donate, check out the details below for the submission process.
  • The folks from WSU will be at the Food Bank for Open Streets on Sunday Sept 22nd. Stop by and check out everything they’ll be demonstrating (after you’ve stopped and helped out at MakeICT of course!!!).
  • If you would like to attend the main Build-a-Bowl event at WSU and make a coil bowl or throw a bowl on the wheel (this is actually how my journey with MakeICT got started!), it is schedule for Wednesday, August 28th, from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM, at Henrion Hall, room 110.

If you have any questions, please get in touch. I’m always happy to talk about the work we do just a couple blocks up Douglas for our fellow Kansans in need.

Calling all BOWL-makers for Empty Bowls-2019

Send images of you or your group creating bowls for the cause.
We will highlight your work on our FaceBook page.
Send images to: blichman@usd259.net

Bowls must be received by Oct. 4th.

For more information: Contact blichman@usd259.net

WSU-Henrion Hall ROOM 110 (Hand-building room)
Please label box with your NAME & School or PROGRAM.
Wichita State University/Henrion Hall
Ceramics Department - ROOM 110
1845 Fairmount St, Wichita, KS 67260

History of Empty Bowls
In 1990 a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students solve a problem. They were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world.

By the following year the originators had developed this concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations that fight hunger. Since then Empty Bowls events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger.


I won’t be making a lot of bowls this year, I’ve been busy making my Creature Features. I do have 1 bowl to donate from my Coil Pot Class. Sorry Patrick that I haven’t been more productive with the bowls this year but I have a TON of things going on.

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This Friday is the last day bowls can be donated for this year’s cook-off. If you’ve got a bowl or two you want to donate, please leave them in the Ceramics Studio with a note on them. I’ll pick up any bowls that are there before 3PM on Friday.

Saturday is the big Chili Cook-Off event. There are tons of vendors signed up to compete for the best chili, and as always, there are thousands of delicious desserts lined up.