Empty Bowls

What a wonderful time we had at our 20th Annual Empty Bowls! We are grateful for each and every one of you who bought a ticket, shopped Collector’s Corner, volunteered, contributed pottery, made soup, donated space, and shared in this wonderful event. It was truly the celebration of community we envisioned! On behalf of all of us at MANNA, we send deep appreciation for your support of Empty Bowls.

Stay tuned for details on our 21st Annual Empty Bowls, currently planned for fall 2022.

Our Potters + Artisans: The Backbone of Empty Bowls

Every bowl that our guests choose from at Empty Bowls is lovingly handmade by a local potter or ceramic artist. Each bowl, and every item in our Collector’s Corner takes an incredible amount of time and attention, and these dedicated artists willingly donate their work to forward MANNA’s mission of ending hunger in Western North Carolina.

When you’re out shopping for the holidays (or any time of year!) we encourage you to support these amazing artists who support MANNA:

Roger Alexander

Erika Arroyo, The Laughing Potter

Denise Baker

Eirene Burnette, IyaBlu’ Inc.

Honey Burrell, Dancing Leaves Pottery

Julie Calhoun-Roepnack, JCR Designs

Cathey Chet, Muddy Llama Pottery

Annie Clingenpeel

Tisha Cook, Odyssey ClayWorks

Al Dawson

Elise Delfield, Pincu Pottery

Ron “Grumpy” Edwards

Sue Fitzgerald

Paul Frehe, Odyssey ClayWorks

Terri Friday, Terri Friday Pottery

Barbara Gerber

Leslie Gustafson

Sue Salvaterra Hintz, Salvaterra Pottery

Michael J. Hofman, Hofman Studios

Elaine Karpen, Reems Creek Pottery

Robin Katz

Laura Kaufman, Mud High Pottery

Gabriel Kline, Odyssey ClayWorks

Rob & Beth Mangum, Mangum Pottery

Brian McCarthy, Highwater Clays

Jim McDowell, The Black Potter

Karen, Mickler, Yellow Branch Pottery

Robert Milnes, Robert Milnes Studio

Peg Morar

Pat Patterson

Joan Pennington, Mud Addict

Diane Puckett, Dry Ridge Pottery

John Ransmeier

Rachel Smith, Pottery by Rachel at Reems Creek Pottery

Marianne Soufas

Lori Theriault + Supporting Potters, The Village Potters


Culinary + Event Sponsors: Filling Hearts and Bellies for Twenty Years

Fueled by their big hearts and love of feeding people, we could not have had such a fun and delicious event without our Culinary Partners! When you’re making your dining choices, we urge you to support these wonderful establishments that support MANNA.





Event Sponsors 

As committed partners in the work of ending hunger in WNC, these sponsors generously stand beside us in our vision of a hunger-free WNC. MANNA is humbled by and grateful for the continued support of these individuals and businesses.

Platinum Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Copper Sponsor

Mangum Pottery