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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, www.cdava.com 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.