Spinning a Potter’s Wheel for Good

From left, Penny Stastny, leader of Laguna Beach’s Gogo Grandmothers, Linda Orem and a friend volunteer to raise funds for the organization.

The Sawdust Art Festival is opening its ceramic center in advance of the annual Winter Fantasy show, hosting two groups of local high school and middle school students.

The kids intend to create 30 ceramic mugs to sell as gifts for charitable donations. The mugs will be glazed and fired, and then filled with coffee beans grown by Mexico coffee farmers allied with the Laguna Beach-based Growers First organization.

Groups of 10 Laguna Beach High School and 10 Thurston Middle School students will come to the Sawdust grounds on Sunday Nov. 11. The Sawdust’s ceramic staff will teach students how to create mugs at the pottery wheel and hand-build clay handles.

Beginning Sunday, Nov. 25 the specially packaged mugs and coffee beans will be for sale to the public at Little Church by the Sea, 468 Legion St., and during subsequent Sundays. The moneys raised will benefit Oaxaca coffee farmers as well as Gogo Grandmothers, which supports poor villages in Africa.

The festival’s 22nd Annual Winter Fantasy, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., opens the following week for four weekends: Nov. 17-18, 23-25 and Dec. 1-2, 8-9. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult admission is $6.

For additional info: visit www.sawdustartfestival.org or call 949-494-3030.

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