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Bill Reed

Bill Reed, a retired engineer and whose hobby is making ceramic bowls, has combined his creativity with his desire to serve the hungry in Denton. Bill has contributed to the Empty Bowls project for over 15 years. People have begun collecting his bowls as he inscribes a thought for the day on the bottom of each bowl. This year he has added sets of graduated bowls. Thank you, Bill, for your continuing effort to fight hunger in Denton through Empty Bowls of Denton.  

The Solbergs

The fabulous glass plates and bowls included in our online sale this year were made and donated by CJ Solberg. CJ and her husband John, a leader in the Golden Triangle Woodturners Club, have been supporters of the Empty Bowls of Denton since its beginning in 2000.  John and CJ have attended every Empty Bowls of Denton luncheon for the past 20 years. In addition, they have donated many items for our luncheon, auctions and sales. Thanks to John and CJ for their unwavering support of Empty Bowls and dedication to feeding the hungry in Denton.

Golden Triangle Woodturners

The beautiful wooden bowls included in our sale and auction were donated by members of the Golden Triangle Woodturners Club. This North Texas based club is dedicated to providing education, information, and organization to those interested in woodturning. They seek to promote community interest in woodturning and provide guidance and aid to woodturners through the combined resources, knowledge and experience of their members. The Golden Triangle Woodturners have donated thousands of bowls to Empty Bowls of Denton over the past 20 years. For more information about this organization visit  You can also find woodturning demonstrations from the Golden Triangle Woodturners on YouTube.

Lori Shelton

Many of bowls and pottery pieces included in our sale and auction were donated by Lori Shelton. Lori has been involved in Empty Bowls of Denton for over 15 years. She began taking pottery classes about 5 years ago and is now dedicating much of her time to experimenting with ceramic techniques including wood firing and image transfers. She especially enjoys making birdbaths and feeders.

Heidi Thiele

Heidi Thiele has been involved with the Empty Bowls project for the last 20 years. 

Heidi is a part time artist who began making pottery in 2017.  She has worked in many different art mediums over her career.  Heidi focuses her attention on making beautiful functional pieces, but loves to experiment with new techniques and designs.  Check out some of her other work on Facebook @glazedandcrazedpottery.

Miriam Mitchell

Miriam Mitchell is a practicing artist who enjoys the creative process and sharing her experience with others.  With over 35 years of experience, Miriam is a seasoned art teacher with vast knowledge in a wide variety of art media.  She offers general art classes, media specific classes, and workshops for all age groups.  Miriam holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing, and has done extensive graduate work in ceramics.  You can contact Miriam for more information at or 940-453-1370.


We welcome our newest contributors…

Happy Potters of Robson Ranch

The Happy Potters club of Robson Ranch is the home to 40 members creating pottery through hand-building, sculpture and the pottery wheel.

The artistic members prepare the clay using the extruder, slab roller, molds, the wheel and textures when making each vessel.

Happy Potters meet every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Creative Arts Building for classes and to play in the clay!

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Empty Bowls of Denton 

is a ministry of Christ The Servant Lutheran Church

Online Auction and Sale

October 8, 2021 - October 16, 2021


Empty Bowls Luncheon

October 16, 2021 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

at Armadillo Ale Works

221 South Bell Ave., Denton TX 

Tickets are available on this site

beginning September 15, 2021

for $30

This year’s venue for Empty Bowls, Armadillo Ale Works, was selected because it will allow for outdoor seating, and has an open air section for the selection of bowls and serving food. All volunteers will be masked.


Items purchased online will be available at Christ The Servant Lutheran Church at 2121 East University Dr., Denton, TX on October 23 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Shipping is not available.

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors...

Work Environmental 

Armadillo Ale Works

Ravelin Bakery

The Empty Bowls of Denton has been fighting hunger in the Denton community since 2000. All of the proceeds from our annual luncheon and online sale/auction benefit the Denton Community Food Center and Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen together with Monsignor King Outreach Center. 


The Denton Community Food Center (DCFC) provides food from a central community storehouse to needy families and individuals struggling with hunger insecurity. The DCFC is averaging  834 families per month.  Keep in mind that families under COVID-19 Emergency Guidelines are allowed to come to DCFC every other week (essentially twice per month) compared to pre-pandemic when we allowed 6 visits per year (no more than once a month - 6 times).  Essentially services have grown from 6 visits annually to 24 visits annually (4 times increase). DCFC is now providing food to an average of 140 families per day, and has distributed 690,959 pounds of food.  The DCFC  has been run by an all volunteer team for the last 46 years.


Our Daily Bread feeds and cares for the homeless and at-risk in our community while maintaining the dignity of their guests, and offering opportunities for a new start.   They merged with Monsignor King in September of 2020.  This expanded the program significantly.  They now provide shelter, case management, and housing assistance in addition to meals and supportive services.  

Our Daily Bread is a community kitchen. It serves the hungry, no questions asked. It is a not-for-profit, secular charity.  Beginning with the COVID pandemic in 2020, all aspects of their organization and those they serve have been impacted.  Meals served have increased drastically, with an average of 700 meals per day and 800 snack packs per month.  Since they opened their doors in 2000, they have delivered more than 1.3 million meals.  

While many people are experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing homelessness, and find it difficult to access food and other essential resources, Our Daily Bread is tailoring their services to bridge that gap.    


This year's soup is generously provided by....

Big Fatty's Spanking Shack

Chestnut Tree Bistro

Thai Square Restaurant

Greenhouse Restaurant & Bar

Loco Cafe

Houlihan's Restaurant & Bar


Chris Oller


Our Daily Bread Together with Monsignor King Outreach Center