Connie Norman
Connie Norman

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World Water Day 2012

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Today is World Water Day. Remember as you are waking up and turning on the faucet to have a glass of water or take your shower, millions of people are starting their long trek to find water. They will walk miles and miles to a water source that is dirty and filled with pollution and disease. But things do not need to stay this way. Educate yourself on the water crisis.

Here are some great sites:

Project 117

If you want to make a differnce in the water crisis in the world, support one of the organizations above!

In just one day 200 million hours are consumed by women collection water for their families. This is equivalent to building 28 Empire State Buildings each day.

Today 1 child dies every 20 seconds from a water related disease. Two years ago it was every 15 seconds.

3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease. That is equal to the city of Los Angeles

884 million people lack access to clean water, that's almost 3 times the US population.

Here are a few more pictures from Jeff and Holly installing a clean water system while we were in Ethiopia last July.

Wordless Wednesday- Tomorrow is World Water Day!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Tomorrow March 22 is World Water Day.  So today’s picture is of Jeff Prosser installing a clean water system in Korah, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  I met last summer while I was in Ethiopia.  He and his wife Holly, as well as my friend Sarah Connelly are going back to Ethiopia May 17 -27 to install several more clean water systems.  For more information please go to Holly’s blog, Bird’s Words.  I know I am breaking my own rules of Wordless Wednesday, but I wanted give a little information on a very important issue. 

Another website for information on the lack of clean water is .  World Water Day was created in 1993 by the United Nations.

* 3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease.

* 884 million people lack access to safe water supplies; approximately one in eight people.

* The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.

* People living in the slums often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city.

* An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day.

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

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.

Happy Gotcha Day! My Prince of Ethiopia!

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Happy Gotcha Day! My Prince of Ethiopia! 


Three years ago today, our son made us a family!  We were in Ethiopia, we had just stepped off the plane, driving through a strange city, on our way to a new way of life, a family way of life.  And even before I could get out of the car, my son was in my arms. 

I know this is a bit of a cliché but I can’t image my life without Vander now.  It’s truly hard to remember what it was like to have so much time to myself.    I have been humbled by this curious, active and independent four year old.  In watching Vander grow and bloom into this remarkable little boy all of my secret fears seem absurd.  Thank you, thank you,Vander for making us a family!  And to quote our little man, “I love you to the moon, to the stars, to the sun, to big blue, to the trees, to Miss Sherry’s house and BACK!”

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Melkam Genna or Merry Christmas 2012

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

An Ethiopian Christmas card.

January 7 is Ethiopian Christmas.  We ventured to The Ethiopian Evangelical Church in Aurora, Colorado to celebrate.  My family had an amazing time.  This year we went down with a Wyoming contingent, we were three families that celebrated Genna (Christmas), from the Cowboy State.  My husband and I very much want to teach Vander about Ethiopian cultures, but we are at a huge disadvantage living in Wyoming.  I am so thankful for The Ethiopian Evangelical Church and Pastor Ermias he is so generous and cares for our children.  I am so pleased that Vander gets to be around many families that look like us. 

Vander and Mihretu enjoying their Doro Wat.

We ate delicious Doro Wat, a spicy chicken stew and Injera, a sourdough pancake that is like a giant crepe, with Ethiopian coffee.  Then we played games, the church set up tons of stations with Ethiopian games for the kids.  We didn’t make it to very many, Vander loved every game he played and didn’t want to leave each game to try another one. 

Vander learning how to eat Ethiopian style.

One of the games Vander played is called Quileblebosh.  The concept of the game is like Jacks, but with stones.  I was harder than it looked because in Jacks you catch the ball after the bounce, in the game you throw a stone and try to pick up five pebbles. 

Football! (Soccer!) The Ethiopian past time!

Learning to play Suzy 123!

The next game Vander played was Suzy 123, it is a version of Chinese Jump rope.  And it is also known as bladder in Kenya. 

Suzy 123

Mehareben - Ethiopian Duck, Duck, Goose!

The last game Vander played was Mehareben which is an Ethiopian version of Duck, Duck, Goose.  The way Ethiopians play, they say the verse, “Mehareben yayachu?” Have you seen my hanky?  And the seated children reply, “Alayenim.” We haven’t seen it.  The child with the hanky drops it behind someone who is seated, then that person becomes “it” and tries to catch the hanky dropper, who tries to get in their seat before they are caught.  We could not pull Vander way from this game to try any others.  They had nine other games to go to, plus hair braiding.  Hopefully next year we will be able to experience a few more. 


Vander & Mihretu learning how to dance Ethiopian style!

Ethiopians follow a different calendar than we do in the U.S.  They follow the Ge’ez or Julian calendar, which Christmas is January 7.  Several other countries that also follow the Julian calendar are Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, The Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Moldova.

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