Premise: The Empty Bowls Project is an international grassroots initiative to fight hunger. Become a part of the movement as we:

  1. Collect and create handcrafted bowls using donated clay from ceramics Mini Courses hosted by ARTica Studios.

  2. Distribute the bowls in a cumulative event in exchange for a cash donation.

  3. Fill these empty bowls with food for lunch.

  4. Forward all proceeds to Evanston and Chicagoland soup kitchens and food pantries.


Over the course of 3 bowl throwing nights, 46 students, faculty, and community members donated their time to make over 115 bowls for the project. The 1st Annual culminating event was held in ARTica Studios in Norris University Center at Northwestern University on June 3, 2014, where over $300 was raised and donated to The Campus Kitchens Project

On June 2, 2015, ARTica Studios held it's 2nd Annual Luncheon on the ground floor of Norris University Center. The event raised $1,039 for Campus Kitchens Project and other local food pantries - more than triple that of the previous year. 

Bowl Throwing Nights will be taking place throughout the 2015-16 school year in ARTica Studios. However, bisqueware bowls purchased and painted during ARTica's regular studio hours as well as any personal pottery may be donated to the project at anytime. Like us on Facebook for updates on the project or visit us in the Underground of Norris to learn how you can get involved. 



Norris University Center, ARTica Studios

1999 Campus Dr., Evanston, IL 60201



Bria Royal, ARTica Supervisor. BriaRoyal2016@u.northwestern.edu

Wendy Miller, ARTica Ceramics Artist in Residence. rwharp@aol.com