Molding Clay For Others' Health

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The Joy Pottery was the place you could buy works of art Saturday that would bring healing to those who need it most.

Marian Eide is an A&M professor who enjoys pottery making. She believed other's enjoyment of the craft could benefit a local organization dedicated to providing healthcare. So she decided to sell handcrafted mugs.

"I thought this would be a really good way both get better at making mugs and also raise money for Health For All," Eide said.

For 20 years, Health For All has been the alternative for many in Bryan and College Station who need medical attention, but cannot pay for it.

Health For All Executive Director, Linda Ponder said the need for the clinic and funding remains constant.

"As of December 1 the state demographer says Bryan-College Station has 37,000 uninsured residents," Ponder said.

Ponder said this year, Health For All expects to see 5,000 patients who will need lab work and prescription medications.

On a mission to do what they could, Eide and the owner of Joy Pottery Rachel Norris sent out postcards and emails to get the word out, that mugs needed to be made. Professional and amateur pottery makers responded in a big way.

"People brought tons of mugs by," Eide said. "I just started throwing mugs and pretty soon I looked around and there were 150."

In all, about 250 mugs uniquely designed mugs were created and put up for purchase. Organizers hoped to raise at least $3,000, selling the mugs for a minimum of $15 apiece.

Ponder said the response from everyone involved proves people can make a difference in each other's lives when they work they do by their hands has a greater purpose.

"This is a great way to raise awareness in the community," Ponder said.