NWC News Desk

Annual pottery sale will donate partial proceeds to Durney family

Posted April 24, 2008

P O W E L L, W y o. - The Northwest College Art Club will hold its annual pottery sale on Friday, May 2, and donate part of the proceeds to the family of an art student from Basin.

The club will host a viewing from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Ceramics Studio (Room 3) of the Cabre Building. The sale begins at 9 a.m. Friday, May 2, in the same room and runs through 5 p.m.

Nearly a dozen student ceramists are contributing their individual creations to the sale. Buyers will find mostly functional pieces like bowls, cups, plates, casserole dishes and bottles, plus a few sculptural works. There'll be a variety of glazing techniques to choose from, as well as gas kiln and wood fire pieces.

Prospective buyers are encouraged to arrive early. The moderately priced pottery has made the show so popular with the community that people are lined up to get in long before the doors are unlocked for the 9 a.m. opening.

The contributing artists are hoping buyers will be extra generous this year, both in their purchases and with donations that will be accepted for the family of Alethea Durney, whose home in Basin burned down April 17. Prior to the fire, members of Durney's family were involved in a car accident that took her mother's life and seriously injured one of her sisters. On top of dealing with grief, the remaining Durney family members are now in desperate need of clothing and assistance.

The NWC College community has already responded with spontaneous donations of money and clothes. The students who organized the pottery sale hope it will catalyze that stream of care to include the larger community.