Clayroom is partnering with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank to create - and then sell - 150 handcrafted bowls to raise funds for the Food Bank!

The Food Bank now serves 55,000 households. This is nearly twice as many as pre-pandemic due to the dramatic increase in food insecurity.  Learn more at  

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Empty Bowls is a an initiative for ceramic artists to benefit food-related charities. With the objective to "Think Globally, Act Locally", Empty Bowls has helped raise funds for local hunger relief programs since 1990. Learn more at

To buy a bowl

All bowls will be available to view online beginning March 17th. The bowls will be available to purchase beginning on March 19th, and will culminate with a silent auction over Zoom at 6:30pm on March 26th. Bowls can be picked up at Clayroom as soon as they are purchased. A signup form for the Zoom event will be distributed at the beginning of March.

To help make bowls

Thank you for offering your time and art to support a good cause! Clayroom offers free party mix clay and discounted wood for you to make bowls. You can begin making bowls today, and the bisque and glaze deadlines are March 3rd and 10th respectively. When you finish your bowls, be sure to sign your name and use the Empty Bowls stamp or write Empty Bowls on the bottom of your piece. To sign up, visit our Bowl Tracker sheet and write in your name!

Zoom Event Details

A sign up form for the March 26th Zoom event will be distributed at the beginning of March. It will begin at 6:30pm, and we encourage you to fill your bowl with a homemade meal, sit back and hear from some of our artists, as well as a member of the SF-Marin Food Bank! The silent auction will begin at 7pm and finish by 7:30pm. At 7:30 we will screen a short film about ceramic artists. All proceeds from selling the bowls and from the auction will be donated to the Food Bank.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I participate in this event?

A: Yes, absolutely! If you are someone who knows how to make a bowl, please sign up on our Bowl Tracker Sheet and start making some bowls! If you won’t be making bowls, you can still absolutely participate by purchasing one of the bowls starting on March 19th, and then in our silent auction on March 26th.


Q: Can I tell my friends and family about this event?

A: Please do! The more recognition and visibility this event gets, the more of an impact we'll be able to make by raising funds for the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.


Q: What size should the bowls be? Do I have to decorate them in a certain way?

A: As an artist, you have full control over what you want your bowl to look like! Please sign your bowl with one of our Empty Bowls stamps (arriving in mid-January) and your own signature if you’d like.


Q: How do I receive my free party mix clay or discounted wood?

A: Let a Clayroom team member know that you’re making a bowl for the Empty Bowls event, and we’ll be sure to help you get what you need.


Q: When are the bisque and glaze deadlines?

A: The deadline for bisque firing is March 3rd, and the deadline for glaze firing is March 10th. Don’t forget that February is a short month!


Q: When will bowls be available for purchase?

A: Bowls will be available for purchase starting on March 19th. The Zoom event will happen on March 26th, and will include a silent auction for selected pieces.


Q: What is the format of the Zoom event on March 26th?

A: We’ll have time for people to show off the bowls they purchased in the prior week, and to mingle through breakout rooms. We’ll then have speakers from the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, and artists. We’ll close out the event with a silent auction for selected pieces.


Q: How much will the bowls cost?

A: The bowls will be available online with a suggested contribution of $25 to $250. Pieces will be auctioned off starting at $50.


Q: How do I get my work into the silent auction?

A: If you’re interested in having your work in the silent auction, just let us know that you’re interested and show us your finished piece!

If you have any further questions, please contact!


Clayroom Potrero

1431 17th Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

(415) 851-4846

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375 9th Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 851-4846

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