Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Seagrove Potters for Peace-August

Turning Stoneware into Schools
Saturday, August 14, 2010 9am - 5pm

This is the second year that my neighbor, Beth Gore of Cady Clay Works, has organized this fund raiser to benefit the Central Asia Institute. This is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission to promote and support community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan. Last years fund raiser was based on Greg mortenson's book, "Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Journey to Change the World…One Child at a Time". This year's is based on his book, "Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan".

I do not make vessels, but am participating by making Clay Dove Pendants that are stamped on the back SPP (Seagrove Potters for Peace). There will be limited number porduced and they will not be available until August 14th at 9am! I had hoped to post some images of some of them, but my kiln pooped out on me and so I am waiting for parts before I can fire them!

http://www.seagrovepottersforpeace.com/ lists all the participants, and here are the details!

24 potteries will hold a sale of specially signed vessels to help Greg Mortenson build schools in impoverished areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan as a long-term solution to terrorism. (Sorry - no early sales!)

Each pottery will produce a unique item, specially signed for this event. The pottery will be for sale at the individual shops on Saturday, August 14 from 9am to 5pm. There will be no early sales, but any remaining items can be ordered by email or telephone on Monday, August 16. Some potteries will also have copies of Mortenson's books for sale.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Where Did June Go?

Whew, June flew by! We drove Wes's mother back to PA after her visit with us in the beginning of June. We were right on the edge of Amish country and spent a couple of days up there. We went to an auction with Uncle Louie-a building supply auction. If only we had a truck and trailer with us. All kinds of stuff, the best was lots of reclaimed and recycled wood. Big, long (20+ feet) beams that went for under $30, 2x4's on a pallet at .50 each. Doors, windows, outdoor furniture, lawn mowers, insulation, pallets of rock, water storage tanks, you name it! This is the same auction we got our 350 gallon water storage tanks that will be collecting water from the roof of the new barn that is going up as we speak!

We stayed in Lititz at a B&B for a couple nights and went down to Intercourse and Blue Ball. What a disappoinment! It is so commericalized. The drive through the countryside was lovely, the huge Amish farms and gardens are something. We did come home with lots of cheeses, some Amish and some from a wonderful cheese and exotic meat shop we found in Lititz. Although only 3 days were spent not driving on highways, it was a great little getaway.

I do have some work available here at Jugtown. Also the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, The Artist's Theater in West Jefferson, freehand in Los Angeles and the NC Craft Gallery in West Jefferson all have gotten in new work from me in the past month. I plan to update my web site, which has been sadly neglected since I discovered blogging and facebook.

Stayed tuned to my next coming post about the Seagrove Potters for Peace. I have been working on my pieces for it and will do a post soon.

earrings available with various stones!

Lots of watches and bracelets are in stock now.