December 09, 2009

Upcoming pottery sale will benefit family in need

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Get a Christmas gift that gives twice and, as a third consideration, promotes local art.

Southern Clayworks, a graduate student organization within the School of Art and Design at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, presents its last sale of 2009 from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Rustle Hill Winery in Cobden.

Amy Chase, a contributing artist and member of Southern Clayworks, said proceeds from the sale will benefit a family in need at the holidays. The father in the family the students selected is waiting on a heart transplant. He and his wife are both active in their community and have three children.

“We’re just trying to make their holidays a little easier,” Chase said.

Chase said most of the items are functional pottery, such as cups and bowls. Prices range from about $8 to about $60, she said.

So, those who buy pottery at the holiday sale have a gift to keep or give, contribute to a family in need of some holiday cheer, and promote local arts at a local venue.

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