Craft for Clunkers at Black Mountain Studios
My good friends Austin and Maud Boleman of Black Mountain Studios are teaming up with Asheville area potters to host Craft for Clunkers. As of today you can bring in any commercially made mug (you know the one with a cat on it that you reluctantly bought to support your neighbor's kids field trip last year) and receive a hand made mug of your choice in return. A $10-$20 donation is encouraged and all proceeds go to the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. Each participant will have a "mug shot" taken and they will be posted online. This is a great way to support American craft and CERF.
Many great artists have donated mugs including Kyle Carpenter, John Britt, and Betsy Grey. I donated a mug (circa 2008) that looks similar to the one pictured above. The fundraiser will continue until October 16th. The mugs are chosen on a first-come first-serve basis so go for a visit as soon as you can. For more information on Craft for Clunkers please visit Black Mountain Studios Facebook fan page by clicking here.
For more on the Craft Emergency Relief Fund please visit their site at craftemergency.org.
"CERF+ accomplishes its mission through direct financial and educational assistance to craft artists including emergency relief assistance, business development support, and resources and referrals on topics such as health, safety, and insurance. CERF+ develops, promotes, and maintains resources for emergency readiness and recovery that benefit all artists. CERF+ also advocates, engages in research, and backs policy that supports craft artists' careers."