SOURCE: American Art Clay Company

American Art Clay Company

November 17, 2009 22:49 ET

AMACO and Marjon Ceramics Offer "Vessels of Hope" to Local Community

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - November 17, 2009) - With the aid of AMACO/Brent (American Art Clay Company), the Indianapolis-based art supply company, "Vessels of Hope" offers ceramic artists and potters a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those living in the Phoenix area who are affected by cancer. This pilot project is the brainchild of Creative Arts in Healing, Inc, a non-profit charitable organization. This month they are gearing up with the almost 600 lead-free colors, from Cone 05 to Cone 10 glazes, that AMACO produces and reaching out across the valley in support of cancer patients.

There are several ways to participate in the current venture supported by AMACO and Marjon Ceramics. First, artists can donate bisque fired vessels. Other pieces highlighted with ceramic colors or glazed vessels will be presented to cancer patients across Phoenix. Contestants can alternatively submit a finished vessel by December 18th, 2009 to be under consideration for the current competition. Or, the novice artist can even enjoy a free glazing event and glaze a fired vessel that will be gifted to a cancer patient in need in the Phoenix area. Winners and prizes will be announced at a Juried Art Show and Exhibition at Marjon Ceramics on January 8th, 2009 from 6-9PM.

In recent years, art has become more and more accepted within the healthcare field as an aid to the healing process. The feelings of support and encouragement experienced via the arts among cancer patients, survivors or caregivers has been shown to decrease separation and hopelessness. With dozens of colors in the Potter's Choice line of lead-free glazes alone, the beauty of the artwork is sure to infuse hope and optimism into cancer patients around the valley.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Adult level artists, K-12 level artists and a K-12 level class award. AMACO, Marjon Ceramics and Creative Arts in Healing hope to grow their efforts into a national grassroots movement similar to "Bottles of Hope," created by polymer clay artists and then nurtured by local guilds of their national organization.

For further information regarding "Vessels of Hope" eligibility requirements, prizes and incentives for participating offered by the American Art Clay Company and Marjon Ceramics, call Creative Arts in Healing, 1-480-381-4728 or e-mail

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