There are many places that help people in need, but, for artist, we have a place that has helped many of us after some disaster of our own.
Most of you will know that Mark and I lost our work building to a hit of lightning after a summer storm in July 2008. It was a devastating event in our lives to be put out of work overnight.
One of the things that really helped us was CERF . We applied and were granted money to help us. We also applied for a no interest loan that helped us add a room to the work building when we rebuilt.
At the time I found it almost impossible to fill out paper work. It was the kindness of our daughter who would come here and take over the paper work for me. She filled out the forms and put the inventory of loss in a spreadsheet. Ask someone to help you.
The folks at CERF were so kind and helpful with us.
Without them things would have turned out different.
I hope that anyone who is in need will find a way to get help.
There were a few of the local potters here who started a local group called "The Seagrove Potters Relief Fund". We as potters donate pots to sell and the money is placed in an account to help a local potter in need. The ladies that run this were out the day after our fire with a check. At first I thought I don't need this, but you soon find that you do.
I think of the many organizations that come to the artist all the time to help them raise money for them. We have all given and given over the years to many, many auctions where our work brings in money for the organization. We get so many request these days that we have to say no. I had two this past week. Mark and I do give to some places but with some real thought to who and where the money goes.
Sandy is just the beginning for the artist that might be in need. Building back what you once had takes time and energy. It also means loss of income. If you are not working on your art you will feel the effect later when you have no work to sell. It took us a 18 months to completely rebuild and ever longer to mentally rebuild.
I am asking you today to just pass on this information, cook a meal, share a drink, check on someone, send a check. Whatever you need to do to help someone.
As of right now we don't know any one person in great need, but if you do let me know.
If I can I will help in some small way.
With many, small ways can become big ways.
I started this post thinking about the mugs that are in the kiln firing today but I think they can wait another day.
|the day after the fire|
|the added room|
|This was taken the winter after all the rooms were finished and it had snowed. I never miss a day to smile when I open the door to the work building.|
|life is good...|