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E is for Ethiopia (The ABC’s of ceramics again and more!)

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

E is for Ethiopian Coffee Pot

Holy cow!  I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve posted an ABC’s of Ceramics entry.  I looked at my past posts and it will be a year this month.  I got hung up my pots that start with F, but I will tell that lame story when I do my F is for…post.  In the past year I’ve added five pots to my collection. But the five I added, did not help me out with the letters that I’m missing, Q, X, Z.   I thought was going to start with F, but then I realized I have this beautiful Ethiopian coffee pot now, given to me by Tigist, she is the master potter of Vision of Africa, one of the organizations that I worked with while I was in Ethiopia this summer. 

Tigist burnishing a vase while pots are heating up to be pit fired.


One of the reasons I decided to revisit E because this post is all points Ethiopia!  And if you frequent my blog you will know that Ethiopia is near and dear to my heart.  (I still have to do a blog post about my trip to Ethiopia.)

While I was in Ethiopia this summer I met the most amazing couple Jeff and Holly.  We immediately connected and became fast friends, although we are separated by 6 states and 1,251 miles, but our friendship will endure, and I long to see them again.  Jeff and Holly adopted an Ethiopian girl Elle, and because of contaminated water Elle was ill for months after coming to the U.S.  The reason they went to Ethiopia last summer was to install a water purification system.  And I was lucky enough to be able to help them. 

Jeff and Holly are going back to Ethiopia in May to install two more clean water systems, with One Child Campaign.  As you can image it is very expensive just getting to Ethiopia, but they are also fund raising for the purification systems.  Please help them by purchasing one of these T-shirts.  For more information on their next trip and a link to purchase the T-shirts go Holly’s blog, Bird’s Words

Also, I am donating one of my old kilns to Mission Ethiopia.  The women of Mission Ethiopia are HIV positive and suffer from leprosy; these women are considered outcasts and unemployable.  They are currently pit firing beads, and want to expand to glazed beads.  My little Skutt 714 will be the perfect kiln for them, it’s a very small test kiln.  Perfect for beads.  My question to my dear readers; how do I get it to Ethiopia?  I have been slowly researching that question, but if any of you have ideas please post a comment.

Here are the women of Mission Ethiopia stringing beads together, after they have been pit fired.

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Ethiopian potters

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Howdy from Africa! This is going to be a really quick post mostly pictures. Also this is the first time I’ve posted to my blog from my IPad! I probably should have practiced before I left, but it didn’t happen. Yesterday I arrived in Ethiopia and immediately went to see Senedu at Vision on Africa. They help out vulnerable women here in Addis. I spent most of my time with the potters. It was a great two days.

That’s a lot of cow dung!

Yes, they popped popcorn for a tea ceremony!

I will post more about my experiences, so for now a picutrue is worth a 1000 words!









The Winner is…..

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

The Winning Ticket

Van showing off one of the winning tickets!

  Our son Vander drew the winning tickets for my raffle at Plinth Gallery Sunday morning! 

I want to thank everyone that bought a raffle ticket; it was so generous of you.  Your support will go a long way for the needy.  A little over $1,300 dollars was raised, which will go for much needed supplies.  This was more than I ever expected!!  I would like to especially thank Jonathan and Dorothy at Plinth Gallery; they were especially instrumental in this endeavor. 

Since everyone was extremely generous, I decided to add two more pots into the drawing.  So, there was a first, second and third place winner.  Again, many thanks to those that want to make a difference in the world, I can’t express my gratitude. 

And the winners are…. 

1st place for the vessel Anya Peterson-Fray, 2nd second place Jennifer & Fred Rife, 3rd place Roberta Hawks!! 


In other but related news….
I am very honored that Ethiopian Orphan Relief, Inc. asked me to make a bowl, for the inaugural Lights of Hope Ambassador Award. Here is John and Anne Ferguson receiving their award.  Congratulations!

Ethiopian Orphan Relief, Inc. has long recognized the importance of the commitment to their donors and the orphaned and vulnerable children in Ethiopia. The Lights of Hope Ambassador Award recognizes a donor for their extraordinary commitment to supporting children in Ethiopia.

This year at Lights of Hope in Portland, Oregon they celebrated the inauguration of this award.

This award also reflects all that is great in people and how with their support of Ethiopian Orphan Relief we have been able to help so many of the orphan and vulnerable children in Ethiopia.

For more information: please visit their blog.
Lights of Hope Ambassadors

Lights of Hope Ambassadors Award for Ethiopian Orphan Relief


And my friend Abi Aldrich Paytoe Gbayee, saving the world one Band aide at a time!  She collection band aides for me to take to Ethiopia!  Thanks Abi for all your hard work! 

I’m going to Africa and I’m raffling off one of my vessels!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

I’m going to Africa, specifically Ethiopia this summer on a humanitarian trip. I will be working with two organizations called One Child Campaign and Vision on Africa.  One Child Campaign focuses on helping orphanages and Vision on Africa assists women to become self-sustaining through selling craftwork. I will be traveling for three weeks visiting and providing much needed supplies/knowledge to the needy.

Since I’m going on this big adventure I am raffling off one of my art pieces to raise money for the children. The orphanages need many things, and I am going to pack my suitcases with as much as I can to bring to Ethiopia, or buy supplies in-country.

Please note that every penny raised will go directly to buying supplies (absolutely no money will be used for personal expenses).

The tickets are $5.00 for one or $20.00 for five.

Just look for the donate button on the right side of my blog!

The drawing will be May 28!

This piece is called: I Dream About A Faraway Place

12″ x 6″ x 6″

Please pass this along to a friend! 


Here is a list of the supplies I am bringing to Ethiopia!  If you are in my area and want to donate some of the supplies, please shoot me an email!


Gloves (Surgical and Disposable)
Hand sanitizer
Liquid Hand Soap
Multivitamins (gummy type)
Alcohol swab

Antibiotic cream
Antifungal cream
Cough Syrups

cold medicine

Band aides



Hygiene and Skin care Supplies

Tooth paste
Liquid Soap
Hair bands
Shampoo & Conditioner

Baby supplies

infant formulas

Diaper (Large Size)

Baby body wash
Diaper underwear

Basket balls
Soccer balls
Clothes and Shoes 


(7-15 girls and boys)
Trousers, & pants,

Skirts, & Dresses
Jackets, Sweaters,

T-shirt, tops,

Shoes for children Crocks
Shoes (7-15 girls and boys)
Pajamas for children Socks

Underwear teens

Educational Supplies
Drawing/writing board, drawing pad
Markers (permanent & removable)
Story books
Hard construction Paper
School glue

Toys, Puppets
Cars big and small

movies, (VCD/DVD/VHS)
for toddlers/kids,

Children Diaries

E is for Elizabeth, Ellen and Ethiopia!

Monday, February 21st, 2011

E is for Elizabeth Robinson.

E is for Ellen Shankin.

 E is for Ethiopian bowls.

I love my Elizabeth Robinson plates!  We use them every day; they are some of my favorites.  Beth is currently working new cards for me.  I will show them off as soon as they are done.  Just in case you are in the market for postcards or business cards, go directly to Postcards for Artists.   Beth does a great job and is really easy to work with!!

My Ellen Shankin vase is so light, it’s incredible.  Every time I go to pick it up it almost flies across the room.  I’m always expecting something heavier. 

The bowls from Ethiopia are not clay, as I’m sure you can tell.  They are beautifully carved wood.  The bigger one is for Injeria, Ethiopian bread, which looks like a giant spongy tortilla.  We have them hanging in our house, but for the photograph I had to set them up in my son’s room with his toys in the back ground.  Old world Ethiopia meets Tonka truck!


Tasfa Ethiopia

Monday, September 13th, 2010

As many of you know my husband and I adopted our son from Ethiopia.  After traveling to Ethiopia and we saw firsthand the bleak conditions of the orphanages.  The children have so little.  I am donating two bowls to Tasfa Ethiopia.  I hope my bowls raise massive amount of money for them.  I know it won’t be massive, but I hope it helps.  In Amharic, Ethiopia’s primary language, “tasfa” means “hope.”

One day before leaving for Ethiopia I ran into the (EOR) Ethiopian Orphan Relief Blog, they are located in Denver which is an hour and a half from us.  It is a great blog if you’re interested in Ethiopia and adpotions.  I’ve enjoyed reading their blog over the  months. 

In 2009, EOR performed these projects in Ethiopia, thanks to donor support:

  • ·         Built a playground at an orphanage for HIV-infected children
  • ·         Funded a four-year rental for a center serving orphaned teenage girls.
  • ·         Stocked a newly built medical clinic at an orphanage with essential equipment, medications and supplies.

For more information also visit Ethiopia Orphan Relief’s website.