LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Hundreds of clay bowls will decorate the inside of the Greater Lafayette YWCA Thursday for the 17th annual Clay Bowl Giving Project.
Money raised during the fundraiser benefits the YWCA's Domestic Violence Intervention & Prevention Program. Potter Angela Taylor said she's happy to share her talents when it benefits so many people.
"It went from one person with a really big heart to a big community of potters here locally," Taylor said.
Back in 2002, one woman had the vision to use her pottery making skills to help the Greater Lafayette community.
"You could say a small fundraiser, but she made over 800 pots and just gave that to the 'Y' and started this clay bowl," said Taylor.
Fifteen years later, around 30 potters now contribute to the fundraiser. For a decade Taylor has shared her skills to benefit the YWCA'S domestic violence prevention program. Interim Executive Director Barb Reif shares what services the program provides.
"I've been associated with the YWCA for a long time actually, when we had a very first shelter which was a small house that could only house about two or three women," Reif said.
The YWCA's shelter can now house 30 women and their children. Workers can also provide services to help women gain their independence .This is with the support of the community through events like the clay bowl.
"We may tweak it a little bit from year to year, but basically you come, you have a lovely lunch, and you have your choice of one of these wonderful bowls that our potters create," Reif said.
"Being a potter is really fun," Taylor said. "That connection from the potter to the user and when it gets to tie into the community like this, it's really great."
The clay bowl is on Thursday April 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for dinner. Tickets are $30 per person at the door. The ticket price includes your choice of one bowl and a meal. The YWCA is located on 6th Street.