Saturday Art Fair Will Benefit MOM Food Pantry

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Scott Draves, a nationally known pottery artist, is working to help families in need in Dane County by joining the Creating for Causes benefit for Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM). 

Draves will be selling his work and donating to MOM at the art fair in the food pantry on Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

His pots are treasured by arts and crafts pottery collectors around the country. Draves will be joined by 39 other artists who are creating, donating and collecting donations for the MOM programs.

“The arts and crafts movement was all about changing how people worked and lived through good design, so it makes sense to use my skill to help change the world for people who are hungry, need food, clothing and shelter,” Draves commented. “I am happy to lend my name, and talent to MOM’s efforts to make the world a better place for families in need.”

He has created two successful businesses in the Dane County area.  Leaving production pottery behind in 1996,  he and a friend started Ephraim Faïence using Draves’ knowledge of arts and crafts pottery to start a revival of art pottery reminiscent of and inspired by the great potteries of the early 1900s:  Grueby, Overbeck, Teco, and Saturday Evening Girls.  

Traveling to national art shows in Asheville, Pasadena, New York, their work became popular and the small shop grew and grew.  

Draves left Ephraim in 2001 to create yet another successful art pottery, Door Pottery, where a small studio specializes in “unique forms, handmade glazes”, as Scott say, “creating one pot at a time.”  Door Pottery is increasingly producing studio or one-of-a-kind pots for pottery aficionados.  He sells his work on his website, and at Catfish Antiques in Stoughton. 

Thirty-nine other artists are joining Draves in in the Holiday Art Fair in the Food Pantry. Award-winning author Katherine Perreth will be selling and signing her book, "Making Lemonade with Ben:  The Audacity to Cope.” 

Those who attend will find blown glass, fused glass, mosaics, fiber art – purses, pillows, mittens, water colors, photography, all styles of jewelry, wooden pens, mirrors, something for everyone on you list.  There will be refreshments, free parking, and elves to help kids shop for mom and dad and grandma and grandpa.   

Creating for Causes will take place at the MOM headquarters, 3502 Parmenter St.

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