Saturday, August 15, 2009

Seagrove Potters working for Peace and Three Cups of Tea

This morning Bruce drove over to Beth's and Jon's, Cady Clay Works, to drop off some of our business cards. I forgot to take any over with our tea bowls that we donated to the Three Cups of Tea fundraiser. Bruce found the shop at Cady Clay bustling with excitement about the event. Beth was interviewed by NPR and very excited about the out pouring of positive attention this Seagrove Potters fundraiser is receiving. Many cups were being snatched up as Bruce was snapping photos.
There are plenty more cups to be purchased at Cady Clay and the participating potteries.

The vessels can be found at individual shops, these are: Whynot, Thomas, Old Gap, Jugtown, From the Ground Up, Caldwell-Hohl and Ben Owen Potteries

and a group of potteries have their work at Cady Clay Works: these are: Westmoore, Tom Gray, Old Gap, From the Ground Up, Dover, Dean & Martin, Bulldog and Cady Clay Works Potteries

To see more images of this Saturday morning: Visit Three Corners Clay Blog

Thanks Beth


Can terrorism really be fought with weapons?
Does revenge ever end?

13 Seagrove Area Potteries have created special drinking vessels as a fundraiser for American Greg Mortenson, whose #1 NY Times Bestseller “Three Cups of Tea – One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time” explains his own efforts for peace.

Mortenson, through his Central Asia Institute (CAI), has built hundreds of schools in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, where illiterate and impoverished children are prey to recruitment by terrorist organizations.

On Saturday, August 15, 200 teacups, mugs and tumblers will be offered for sale, with the full purchase price being donated to CAI. Many items are specially inscribed for this event. Copies of Mortenson’s book in adult, young adult and children’s versions will be for sale at several potteries.

Vessels by Whynot, Thomas, Old Gap, Jugtown, From the Ground Up, Caldwell-Hohl and Ben Owen Potteries will be for sale at the individual shops. Vessels by Westmoore, Tom Gray, Old Gap, From the Ground Up, Dover, Dean & Martin, Bulldog and Cady Clay Works Potteries will be for sale at Cady Clay Works. Items will be available exclusively at the shops until August 24, when any remaining vessels can be ordered by email or telephone.

More information about the individual potteries, as well as a request form for a free Seagrove Area map, can be found at, or email

Mortenson, who many believe will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, will be the NC State Convocation speaker on August 17.

After a failed attempt to climb K2, the world’s second-tallest mountain, Mortenson got lost and wandered into a remote mountain village in Pakistan. The impoverished local people shared what little they had and nursed him back to health. He returned to the US, sold most of his belongings, lived in his car and tried to raise money to build the village a school. The skeptical villagers, who had heard promises from foreign climbers before, were astonished when he returned a year later with building materials.

In CAI’s publication, “Journey of Hope”, Karin Ronnow explains:
“Ultimately, most Pakistanis and Afghans want peace. They want working democracy. They want more and better-paying jobs, good roads, clean drinking water and food to eat. They are fed up with violence and they want to get on with living their lives.
And they know a better future for their children starts with education.”

More information can be found at CAI’s website,, or, an educational fundraising program for schoolchildren of all ages.

Potter Beth Gore of Cady Clay Works urges everyone, of all beliefs, to read “Three Cups of Tea”. “It’s obvious that we, as Americans, are woefully uninformed about the people, beliefs and way of life in these areas of military conflict.”

“Three Cups of Tea is one of the most remarkable adventure stories of our time … (and) proof that one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, really can change the world.”
- Tom Brokaw, who made the first $100 donation to Mortenson’s effort in 1993.

- Beth Gore, Cady Clay Works,

2 comments: said...

I helped unpack your work today at Claymakers. What a treat, every piece is just so beautiful!!!! Did you see the CNN piece last night on 3 Cups? I think it has been on before but it's the first time I have seen it, very good piece. Are you coming to the reception at CM this week?

Bulldog Pottery said...

HI Tracey! Thanks. We are excited to be included in the show. It looks like there are some great potters displaying their work there. I hope Bruce and I will be able to make it. We would like to but will have to wait until the last minute to see if we can. I have not seen the three cups of Tea on CNN. I wonder if it is on line?