Austin Empty Bowl Project Featured Potters

We are fortunate to have so many generous potters and pottery students in Austin and we thank all of them for their donations. Throughout the year we will be featuring potters who have gone above and beyond and would like to start with the following who have “bowled us over” for years.

Dennis Trombatore, librarian by day, potter whenever he can manage, is donating 250 beautifully thrown and then carved stoneware bowls this year… We’ve lost count of how many bowls has donated over the years. Dennis is also a regular contributor to the AEBP silent auction.But he doesn’t stop with donating bowls. Every year Dennis and his wife Shiela Winchester show up for duty day of and spend the entire day helping to make things run smoothly. Look for them at the water stations or for Dennis demonstrating how to throw a bowl for people waiting in line.

Nancy Hallmark is a potter and recently retired art teacher in Austin. In addition to making and decorating dozens of gorgeous majolica bowls every year, Nancy holds a workshop for art teachers on how to make bowls for the project. Nancy is also a regular at our potter bowl making parties. Look for Nancy day of. She’ll be serving soup.

Pottery students at ClayWays Pottery Studio and members of Greater Austin Clay Artists hold bowl-a-thons and donate boxes of bowls every year.

Diana Melancon, former art teacher in West Lake Hills, regularly glazes and decorates 50 beautiful majoilica bowls for the project.

Hester Weigand doesn’t just donate a number of bowls. She donates by the ton. No joke. This potter and co-director of the project throws bowls all year long, some that she decorates, some that she gets friends and neighbors to decorate, some that other artists decorate, and some that celebrities sign for the silent auction. She’s the Clayzmanian Devil.

Thank you to all of our bowl donors:

Ann Richards School for Young 

Women Leaders, Shawn Mauser

Austin Community College, Sharon Smith

Austin Chronicle

Austin High School, Gayle Andrews and her fabulous ceramics class 

Ruth Baker

Barton Hills Elementary Art Department

Block House Creek Elementary 5th grade – Rebecca Calderon

Bright Horizons

Brush Strokes Pottery

Buck Pottery
Dee & Terry Buck
1296 Gruene Rd.
Gruene, TX 78130

Cafe Monet

Jules and Charles Winson

Carmen Troncoso
8402 Avocet Dr.Austin TX 78745

Carolyn Cowan – Ceramics Lodge

Ceramics Bayou
Stephanie Andrasi


Cera-Mix Studio, Claudia Reese

Cindy Haenel
1203 Space LaneAustin, TX 78758

Clare Pousson, Blue Haven Porcelain

Clayton Elementary, Nancy Hallmark

ClayWays Pottery Studio
5442 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78756

Alice Leslie

Alan Goldstein

Barbara Mittanck

Cheryl Hardy

Debi Ballard

Debbie Besch

Dennis Trombadore

Ed Triece

Harriet Hoffman

Merry Smith

Patty Ainsworth  

Sandi Krutsinger

Susan Page

Spring Lee

Terri Gray

Vera Massaro

Tania Quintanilla

John & Chris Gray
1209 E. 6th St.
Austin, TX 78702


Crockett High School, NAHS students, Erin Lane

Debbie Besch

Diana Melancon

Diana Seidel, potter,

709 Fletcher St., Austin

Don Brimberry 

Edmund Martinez
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1004 Spence
Austin, TX 78702

Emily McElmurry, A Home for Art mobile clay studio

Eric Jackson, Laguna Gloria

Garza Independence H.S., David Andrews

Georgia Xydes

Gullett Elementary – Nicki Leatherwood-Schoolar

Harriet Hoffman


Hester Weigand  

Hodgson & Hodgson Pottery
Gaye Lynn & Michael Hodgson
Wimberley, TX 78676
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Holy Word Lutheran Church

Jack C. Hays High School Art Club

Jeanne Finn

Jimi Morris 

Karin Reissnecker 

Kathy Herrin

Kathy Hull, potter
5442 Burnet Rd.
Austin, TX 78756

Kelly Emmert, The Art Garage

Keller Williams Realty, Inc. Finance Department

Kelly Hill

Kris Asthalter

Lauren Hawn & Jolynn RettigOak Hill Elementary 

Linda Mosley,

Lisa Orr
1502 Alta Vista
Austin TX 78704
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Literary Coalition of Central Texas

Maria Reitz, Boone Elementary 

Mathews Elementary

McCallum High School

Mo Ranch

Morgan McBride, Muggs Clay Studio

Mu Phi Epsilon

Nancy Germond

Nancy Hallmark
4501 Hank Avenue
Austin, TX 78745
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National Charity League, Austin Chapter 

Navarro High School, Tiffany Huff

Olive Calvey

Pat de Vincent, Cracked Earth Studios
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Patty Creamer
806 Teal Lane
Leander, TX 78641

Rebecca Roberts
205 Canyon Rim
Austin, TX 78746

Sara Parent-Ramos and the St. Ed’s Ceramics Dept. 

Scout Troops: 15, 222, 245, 297, 351, 418, 494, 571, 1285, 1583, 1908, 2039, 2052, 2597


Silicon Labs

Spring Lee

St. Dominic Savio Art Club

St. Stephen’s School, Lisa Orr

Stan Irvin

Sunset Canyon Pottery
Bridget Hauser
4002 E. Hwy 290
Dripping Springs, TX 78620

Susan Gibson

Susan Page, clay artist

Suzanne Ruffner

Tania Quintinilla

Teri and Mike Hubbeling
1331 1/2 Bonham Terrace
Austin, Texas 78704

Texas A&M University - MSC Arts Awareness Day

Terri Gray

Tina Lewis,

Westlake High School Ceramics Club

Woodlawn Baptist Church


Zoe Flynn – The Flynn House

Blockhouse Creek Elementary

Wendy Thomajan, Daisy in the Mud

Spinning Door County Natural Creations

Eileen Rice


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