Willamette Art Center’s “Empty Bowls” Set for Nov. 18

The event benefits Marion Polk Food Share and the Willamette Art Center

Over the course of 11 months, a large cadre of volunteer potters have created nearly 1,700 unique pieces for the annual Empty Bowls. The event, which supports Marion Polk Food Share and Willamette Art Center runs for just one-day: Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 to 5 p.m. at Cascade Hall at the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center.

The sale will feature handcrafted pottery and wood turnings from local artisans.

Sponsors include: John Gear Law Office, CBTWO Architects, Dutch Brothers, The Grand Hotel, Salem Convention Center, Hotel Salem, Highway Trailer Sales, Salem Electric, Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center and City of Salem.

“The sale is a great opportunity to help feed those in need and get an early start on holiday shopping,” Margrethe Gregg, chair of the planning committee, said. “Some incredible potters with decades of experience have donated their work, and it’s really exciting to see all the beautiful pottery coming in for the sale.”

It’s not all “bowls” any more. The sale will feature bowls as well as ceramic planters, dishes, vases, mugs and cups, luminaries, platters, pitchers and other handmade pottery.

In addition to the sale, visitors will be treated to demonstrations of wheel throwing and wood turning by volunteers of Willamette Art Center and the Willamette Valley Woodturners.

Our Sponsors

We couldn’t make this event happen without the fantastic support of our sponsors: