Sunday, September 15, 2019
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Habitat For Humanity Raising Funds To Expand Pottery Studio

The Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity wants to raise funds to expand its pottery studio.

Director of Development and Communications Melissa Parks said expanding the studio will ultimately help with their Cooking on the Square event later this fall.

“Twice a month, we have mini bowl-a-thons where local artists come out and throw bowls for us to use at Cooking on the Square and then we’re able to fire them,” Parks said. “We have had some help with creating the bowls over the years, and this year we just aren’t going to have some of the outside help that we’ve had. So we really need to expand our studio.”

Habitat looks to raise $10,000 within the next three weeks in order to produce bowls for the yearly event. Funds would be used to purchase a large kiln for $4,000 plus two pottery wheels, plumbing and electrical upgrades, and other equipment.

Parks said Cooking on the Square helps support area families by raising money to construct new homes.

“We would love to be able to build a Cooking on the Square house every single year, and for the last two years we have been able to do that,” Parks said. “We just hope people will pitch in and donate and help us expand this studio so we can build a house every single year just with people coming out and having a good time.”

Approximately 3,000 bowls were used during Cooking on the Square last fall with participants raising $78,000 for constructing new homes.

Those who are interested in donating to the fundraiser can visit the Upper Cumberland Habitat for Humanity website for more details.