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Local artists raise money for clean water

Claire Higgins
Summit Daily News
Special to the DailyLocal clay artists will sell over 100 clay cups on Saturday at the Cups for Clay Water Fest in Breckenridge to raise money for an African tribe.

The Summit County Clay Artists are hosting the Cups for Water Clay Fest to raise money to purchase ceramic water filters for an African tribe. The artists will be at the Quandary Antiques Cabin Clay Studio in Breckenridge Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We’ve had great response from the public about our clay group raising funds to purchase ceramic water filters for the Maasai; everyone understands the need for clean water,” a Summit County clay artist, Pam Herring, said.

Over 100 cups will be available, which were all made and collected in Summit County and around the country. For a $20 donation, visitors can choose any cup to take home. There will also be clay demonstrations, throwing lessons, clay competitions with prizes and a kid’s clay ornament table.

“If you’ve ever wanted to throw clay a cup or bowl on a potter’s wheel, this is your chance,” Herring said about the clay demonstrations and throwing lessons.

All of the money raised at the event will go directly to the Safe Water Now factory in in Arusha,Tanzania, to produce the water filters. The filters will then be installed for the Maasai tribe people of the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area in Tanzania, Africa.

The idea for the fundraiser came from Donna Causland, a Silverthorne potter, who sold her pots next to an Aid Tanzania non-profit booth at the Minturn Farmer’s Market. After learning that ceramic water filters can help the Maasai village with the essential element live better lives, Causland recruited Summit County Clay Artists to make cups and raise money.

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