CCCG EMPTY BOWLS  @ the Troy Farmers Market

Empty Bowls – October 1, 8 & 15 2022
at the Troy Farmers Market

Plans are also underway for Empty Bowls! The Troy Riverfront Farmers Market has agreed to host CCCG on the first three Saturdays of October, as they have for the past two years. Last year, we raised more than $21,000 to support local food pantries.

With food prices skyrocketing, food insecurity continues to be a major community concern. All bowl donations are welcome! We’ll let you know when and where you can drop off as October draws closer.

To help, CCCG is making clay available at Waterbrook Potters Studio. We’ll  provide specifics and guidance to WPS members soon on how to access the clay and where to put their donations. Stay tuned. . .

Save the Date! Saturday, July 30!
Guess who’s comin’ to town?

If you guessed Barbara Reeley, you would be right!  And not only is Barbara interested in connecting with all you potters, she suggested that she’d love to be part of an Empty Bowls throwing party (how generous is that?!?). And so it shall be.

Waterbrook Potters Studio will be hosting a throwing party on Saturday, July 30. Details TBA.

Mark the date so you don’t miss out. For any of you who don’t know Barbara, here’s your opportunity to meet one of the kindest, most generous and skilled master potters the area has ever known. 

Drum roll, please. . .

Empty Bowls 2021 netted $21,295.72 !

HUGE and heartfelt thank you to. . .
– All the generous potters who donated bowls
– Troy Waterfront Farmers Market
– All our reliable and cheerful Market volunteers
– The  participating Troy restaurants
– Our generous GoFundMe donors
– Waterbrook Potters Studio
– Co-Chairs extraordinaire, Beth Joslin and Stephanie Wojtowicz and the EB Committee

Last year, we raised nearly $23,000 to support local food pantries and this year.


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.


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

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.