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Pottery Bowls

empty bowls and glasses project

Winner of the 2010 Centre Wellington Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence: Cultural/Art Award of Merit

Since 2008, we have raised over $90,000 for the fight against povery and hunger in Centre Wellingon.  Empty Bowls will be available at Styll Gallery in Elora throughout the month of September, until October 9, 2016.  Empty Bowls and Empty Glasses will be available at the Sensational Soup-Off, Monday, October 10th from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. at Aboyne Hall in the Wellington County Museum and Archives: 536 Wellington Rd. 18, between Elora and Fergus.  These fabulous handcrafted Bowls and Glasses are available for the low price of $25.00.  All proceeds go to battle hunger in our community.

about empty bowls

Empty BowlsEmpty Bowls events provide a means to raise both money and awareness about poverty and hunger in our communities. Volunteer local professional potters are the driving force behind these events, volunteering their time and energy to create soup bowls which are then exchanged for money in support of local charities.

Bowls will be available at Styll gallery or at the Sensational Soup Off to be held on Thanksgiving Monday, October 12th, 2015, at Aboyne Hall. When you arrive at the Soup Off you will have an opportunity to choose a bowl from a fabulous selection of handcrafted bowls which have been set aside specifically for this event.

The Sensational Soup Off promises to be a fabulous competition between professional and amateur chefs who will create memorable soups using local ingredients. Use your empty bowl to sample all of the soups and then cast your ballot for your favourites. At the end of the event, your bowl will be rinsed for you and your Empty Bowl is yours to take home.

Our 2015 bowl makers are:

Staci Barron, Dorothy Collin,  Chris Hierlihy, Elsa Mann, Barbara Murphy,  Denise Rainville, Tim Smith, Murray Fox


about empty glasses

Empty GlassesUnique to Sensational Elora, the Elora Empty Glasses Project provides an opportunity for glass artists to give back to the community by creating glorious hand-blown and etched glass drinking vessels. These glasses and goblets will be available for purchase during select Sensational Elora events. There will be a limited number of these unique glasses available at select Sensational Elora events - so make sure you act fast!

how your donations help

100% of the sale of these glasses and 100% of the sale of pottery soup bowls will be donated to local hunger-alleviating organizations like the Centre Wellington Food Bank! The Centre Wellington Food Bank assists residents of Centre Wellington and whenever possible provides support to surrounding food banks in Arthur, Mount Forest, and Harriston, which in turn provides support to their local residents.

This fundraising project is a perfect fit for the Thanksgiving season.  At a time when so many of us have an abundance of family, friends and food, there are those in our community who, at times, need a little help.  The Empty Bowls & Empty Glasses Project is one opportunity to share what we have with others.

Our glass artists for 2015 are:

Julia Hillier, Andy Kuntz, Tara Marsh, Tim & Katherine McManus, Carol Nesbiyy, Andrea Ripley, Heather Wood, Tanya Zaryski, 


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