Empty Bowls

21st Annual Empty Bowls

What a wonderful time we had at our 21st 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 22nd Annual Empty Bowls, currently planned for fall 2023.

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, Denise Baker Pottery 

Ann and Sandy Batton, Batton Clayworks 

John Britt, John Britt Pottery 

Eirene Burnette, IyaBlu’ Inc. 

Honey Burrell, Dancing Leaves Pottery 

Julie Calhoun-Roepnack, JCR Designs 

Annie Clingenpeel 

Tisha Cook, Odyssey ClayWorks 

Al Dawson 

Lynn Dressler 

Jerry Edminson 

Ron “Grumpy” Edwards 

Paul Frehe, Odyssey ClayWorks 

Terri Friday, Terri Friday Pottery 

Barbara Gerber 

Paul Gisondo 

Elinor Hess* 

Anne Jerman, Dragonfly Studio 

Sue Salvaterra Hintz, Salvaterra Pottery 

Elaine Karpen, Reems Creek Pottery 

Robin Katz 

Laura Kaufman, Mud High Pottery 

Steve Kearns, Homeplate Pottery 

Bobbie Kelston, Lighten Up Designs 

Gabriel Kline, Odyssey ClayWorks 

Elaine Lacy, Under The Oaks Pottery 

Beth and Rob Mangum, Mangum Pottery 

Brian and Gail McCarthy, Highwater Clays 

Jim McDowell, The Black Potter 

Robert Milnes, Robert Milnes Studio 

Peg Morar, Peg Morar Pottery 

Shirl and Jim Parmentier, Parmentier Pottery 

Pat Patterson* 

Joan Pennington, Mud Addict 

Rhona Polonsky, Rhona Polonsky Pottery 

Diane Puckett, Dry Ridge Pottery 

John Ransmeier 

Rachel Smith, Pottery by Rachel at Reems Creek Pottery 

Marianne Soufas, Marianne Soufas Pottery 

Lori Theriault + Supporting Potters, The Village Potters and Crazy Green Studios 

Walter Tomialowicz 

Ann Trousdale* 

*Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community Potters 

Culinary Partners: Filling Hearts and Bellies for Twenty-One 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.


Breads + Desserts

About the Event Sponsors

MANNA deeply appreciates the support of our Empty Bowls sponsors. These sponsors share our vision of a hunger-free WNC, and are investing in that vision through their support of Empty Bowls.

Premier Platinum

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort


Beach Hensley Homes, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville-Biltmore, Highwater Clays, Odyssey Clayworks and Smart Products.


Continental Automotive and Harris Teeter.


Brunk Auctions.


Mangum Pottery, Owle Construction, LLC and Parsec Financial.