22 Annual Empty Bowls Event was Successful

We are very happy to announce that we once again partnered with
Virginia Wesleyan University to help us with this event.

                                                                  2023 Empty Bowls Date to be Announced

                                                                                     Tickets not necessary

Due to the ongoing concerns of COVID-19 the event was planned as a bowl sale! 

There was also a buy-it-now table for other items which replace the silent auction

Food was not provided at this event due to the COVID-19 concern.



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

Sunday, April 10, 2022  Noon - 3:00pm


It is a Charity event 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 is donated making this a true community event.


Donations are 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 can buy as many as they want

• Art Gallery sale featuring pottery & art work donated by CDA members and

other artists


Free and open to the public!


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.



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.