Friends and patrons of Empty Bowls
We are saddened that we had to cancel the 2020 Empty Bowls Dinner when we were so close to the end.  In light of the sudden proliferation of the coronavirus, we decided that it was in the best interest of our patrons and volunteers to cancel. The CDA board has met and decided not to reschedule the event for the fall, but to plan on holding the next EBD in our regular time frame of mid-March, 2021.
For anyone who has purchased a ticket. We have decided to offer the following 3 options.

1.       Receive a refund. For tickets purchased at a business, you can send the tickets along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Julita Wood CDA Treasurer, 2253 Cherrystone Rd, Cape Charles VA 23310. If the you received tickets from one of our members, you may return the tickets to the member and receive your money back or follow the procedure above and mail them in.  All refund requests must be received before May 31, 2020.

2.       Make this a donation to help feed the hungry. Please consider this option to help feed the hungry. Many are already living on the edge and with business closings and customers staying home, this will be a difficult time. Upon request, we will provide a donation receipt to you via email.  Please send us your ticket numbers associated with the donation but we don't need the ticket back. Please send your requests to External link opens in new tab or 

3.      Hold the ticket for the next event. You can email the ticket numbers to us and hold the tickets for our next event. You will need to email the information to External link opens in new tab or stating your request. We will swap your tickets for new ones at the next event in March of 2021. In order for us to honor the ticket, your request must be received by May 31, 2020

Thank you for your help and consideration during this process. If you have any questions, please contact us at the email address above.

Stay well and thank you!



Sponsored by Ceramic Designers Association (CDA) in partnership with Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU) to be held at Virginia Wesleyan University, Baker Dining Hall

Friday, March 13, 2020, from 5:30 – 8:30pm.


It is a Charity Dinner with all proceeds going to the food programs of local charities that feed the needy in our area. We typically raise $20,000 annually.

Everything, including the food, is donated making this a true community event.


Last year donations were distributed to: The H.E.R. Shelter, the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia, the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center, Oasis Social Ministries, the Samaritan House and the Union Mission Ministries.


The event features:

• Hundreds of hand-crafted bowls made and donated by CDA members

and other local artists; each attendee selects their favorite to take home. • A symbolic soup-kitchen meal and musical entertainment

• A silent auction featuring pottery & art work donated by CDA members

other artists


Tickets cost $25 in advance; $30 at the door


Tickets can be purchased from:

• All Hands Pottery Studio, off Military Hwy, Norfolk

• CDA website, External link opens in new tab or through Paypal

• Creative Wedge, Hilltop area, Virginia Beach

• Hickory Trading Company, Great Bridge area, Chesapeake

• Jerry’s Artarama, Virginia Beach

• Kitsch Handmade & Vintage, Ghent area, Norfolk

• Tin Soldier Forgotten Treasures, Shore Drive, Virginia Beach • Virginia Beach Arts Center,       VIBE, Virginia Beach

• Virginia Wesleyan Bookstore, on campus, VWU


Ceramic Designers Association is a group of local ceramic artists and potters dedicated to clay. It is a diverse group of artists from emerging potters to professionals, that create works of art from the basic elements of earth and water.

Their support and participation in local art shows, charitable events and workshops contribute to the cultural life of the Hampton Roads area.


Thank you to the venues that sell the tickets and to everyone who donates their time, work and money to this worthwhile event; you are all part of what makes this a success.

CDA is a 501(c)(3)


Nancy's Circle

Nancy Hendrix was a pottery teacher for the City of Virginia Beach. She taught many students over the course of her career and influenced their work tremendously.

For many in CDA, Nancy was our first teacher. She was very instrumental in the Empty Bowls project and she would tell her students each week, “when you throw, make an extra for Empty Bowls.” When Nancy died in an automobile accident several years ago, CDA wanted to honor her, her work ethic and tenacity. We accomplished that by creating a special pin for potters who donate twenty or more bowls.