Empty Bowls Charity Fundraiser

Empty Bowls 2019 was the best yet!  On Sunday, December 8, 2019, we raised over $5000 for Hands Across Mathews.



The Bay School and Hands Across Mathews are excited to be hosting our sixth annual Empty Bowls event.  The hand-made bowls are stacked on the shelves at the Bay School.

An incredible assortment of hand-made soups, breads, and cookies will be served during the event.  Familiar potters and chefs will be joined by some new hands, both novice and expert.  

This is a ticketed event.  Tickets may be reserved on the Bay School website or purchased at the Bay School starting Thanksgiving weekend.  All proceeds go directly to Hands Across Mathews, so cash or check only, please.  Your $15 ticket gives you a hand-crafted bowl to be treasured or given as a gift; a simple lunch of soup and bread, to nourish you and remind you of all the empty bowls in the world; and the warm fuzzy feeling of having helped fill your neighbors’ empty bowls here in Mathews.  We will sell as many tickets as we have bowls.  Extra soup may be purchased for $5 a serving, and additional donations are of course welcome and appreciated.

We hope you join us!


                     a stack of five brown ceramic bowls       four blue and white glazed pottery bowls   three highly textured brown ceramic bowls

The Bay School is a non-profit arts organization partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, The Dominion Foundation, and local community foundations. More than 100 studio classes are offered each year and twelve outreach programs bring art into the community to those who cannot attend a traditional art class. The Mission of Hand Across Mathews is to help local families who have suffered some crisis that puts them in need of the basic amenities of food, clothing, shelter, prescription medications or fuel. When all other avenues of support have been exhausted, they help them get back on their feet. They have combined the efforts of 35 churches to provide non-denominational charitable aid to families, which have been evaluated and approved by the Mathews County Social Services Department. More than 100 families are currently being served each week. For more information about Hands Across Mathews, please visit their website at http://handsacrossmathews.org/.

pictures from previous Empty Bowls events at the Bay School