Empty Bowls is back!

We are very happy to announce that we will once again partnering with
Virginia Wesleyan University to hold this charity event.

This year's event will be held on April 10, 2022

Due to the ongoing concerns of Covid-19 this is being planned as a bowl sale! 

There will also be a buy-it-now table for other items to replace the silent auction.

We will not be providing any food or drink for this event. 

Tickets will be at the door only on the day of the event.



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

Sunday, April 10, 2022.  (Time TBA).


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, 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 Buy-it-Now style auction featuring pottery & art work donated by CDA members and

other artists


Tickets cost $25 at the door only!



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.