CCCG EMPTY BOWLS  @ the Troy Farmers Market

Saturdays, October 2, 9 & 16 

9am – 2pm

Thank you, Steve Barnes, for publicizing Empty Bowls 2021 in today’s TU! Click here to read the TU article. If you can’t access the TU site, click here.

Given the continuing uncertainty of COVID safety recommendations, the Collar City Clay Guild will be conducting our annual Empty Bowls fundraiser at the Troy Riverfront Farmers Market for a second year on three consecutive Saturdays in October. Last year, we raised nearly $23,000 to support local food pantries and this year, we want to exceed that goal since food insecurity is as significant a problem as ever.


To succeed, we are calling upon the continued generosity of the extended community of potters to make and donate bowls. We sold nearly all of our inventory last year (yay!) and that means we need to generate at least 1200 bowls to match what we raised last year. We’d like not to worry about reaching our goal so if you know how many bowls you’re able to donate, please let Theresa know @ tzubrock@gmail.com

If you’re able to volunteer during one of two shifts available on the three scheduled market days, please contact Mary Pat Hopper @ mphopper@nycap.rr.com.

Tell your friends and family we’ll be at the
Troy Waterbrook Farmer’s Market
October 2, 9 and 16!


Starting September 15, completed bowls can be dropped off at Waterbrook Potters Studio during regular business hours (listed here) or on Wednesdays between 6pm – 9pm. Thanks, too, to Bianca Dupuis who has offered the Broken Mold as an additional dropoff location. Visit her website for business hours here. Also, feel free to contact me if special arrangements are needed.



We need the help of five volunteers during each of two shifts for the three scheduled market days (30 volunteers total). If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Mary Pat Hopper @ mphopper@nycap.rr.com


Mark your calendars and tell all your friends and family! We’ll distribute a flyer in early September which you can also share and post. Keep an eye out for it.


The Guild has donated six boxes of B-mix to support your bowl-making which are located beneath a window against the south studio wall and clearly marked “Empty Bowls.” Whether you use donated clay or your own, all bowls you make for Empty Bowls can be placed on the bisque and/or glaze carts as you would all your other creations.


Thanks in advance for your continued support of this important community event. Hope to see you at the Market!

– Theresa Zubretsky on behalf of the Empty Bowls Committee

After a tremendously successful Empty Bowls fundraiser at the Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market last year and given the risk of a COVID-19 resurgence in the fall, the Guild will be holding our annual Empty Bowls event at the Market again this year during the month of October. Specific dates and other details TBD.

We nearly sold out last year, leaving us without much of a reserve on hand. So we need all potters’ hands on deck to do some serious bowl-making. The Guild will cover the cost of clay, glazes and firing of bowls made at Waterbrook by members of the Guild and Waterbrook as we have in the past.

For those of you who are Waterbrook Potters Studio members, the Guild has purchased 300 lbs of B-mix located on the bottom shelf in the back of the studio (to the left if you’re facing the refrigerator) labeled “Guild.” Please use as much of the clay for Empty Bowls as you wish as we plan to replenish the supply as needed.

Food insecurity persists and our local food pantries need our help this year as much as ever. Last year we distributed nearly $23,000 to food pantries throughout the city of Troy. We know we can count on all of you to help us reach (and maybe even exceed!) that goal this year.

Questions: contact Beth Joslin at joslins@earthlink.net.

What is Empty Bowls?

Empty Bowls is a grassroots movement to raise awareness and help end hunger. Started as a local fundraiser in Michigan, in 1990, the Empty Bowls Project has spread throughout the country raising millions of dollars for local food programs.

For the past 14 years, the Collar City Clay Guild, has been fortunate to organize the Empty Bowls Project in Troy, N.Y. The Empty Bowls Program has become a community event in the city that draws hundreds and maybe even over a thousand people each year to help raise money for local food programs.

For years, the Troy community flocked to the Italian Community Center with the great expectation of warm soup, fresh bread, beautiful handmade bowls, and the wonderful company of friends. COVID-19 interrupted that tradition in 2020, but it didn’t stop us from raising funds to fight hunger.  And it won’t stop us in 2021 and beyond.

The Collar City Clay Guild is so proud to support this movement and we hope to continue to do so into the future. Since the beginning of the Empty Bowls Project in Troy, we have raised over $250,000 to support 15 food programs to help put food on their shelves and deliver food to those in need.