Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Potters for Pulse launches this friday.  
Live Friday June 24th at 6pm CST 

Chuck Purviance (Director) - "Potters For Pulse (#PottersForPulse) will be a two-part fundraiser event for the victims and families of those affected by the tragedy that happened at Pulse night club in Orlando Florida on June 12, 2016. I am organizing and reaching out to my colleagues in the art community to help with donations of works for sale and auction, advice or words of wisdom, donation of time to help with events, websites, promotion, and other details.

The proceeds will go to the Orlando Pulse Go Fund Me page ( I understand that it is taking on a lot, but it will be nothing compared to what the people affected by these events are experiencing. Bringing people together and collaborating with others has always been my passion, and to me, making the world a more understanding and tolerant place for everyone is an inherent part of the role of any artist.

While at undergrad at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, I received my BFA in ceramics. I was also the president of the LGBTQIA club on campus for over 2 years. I have been passionate about equality for years and for many reasons. My two best friends could have been at that club. I could have been at that club or one like it in my area. On the night of the 12th I was at Pittsburgh Pride dancing that night away covered in glitter and being surrounded by people being exactly who they are: good human beings. It isn't fair that we were experiencing such a joyful moment when 1,000 miles away, people just like us were suddenly under attacked. This could have been any LGBTQIA establishment in any town, any city, any country.

The world needs to know that this is not okay! That the masses are not okay with this! That terror will never win nor keep us down for long. I want to do more than sit around and send out good vibes. I want to take action. I want to give hope and show that there are so many more good people in this world than bad people. The actions of one, no matter how bad, can never outdo the actions of many who choose to do the right thing. This is why I am putting my energy into this event.

So this is what I intend to do with the skills I have developed through school, friends, mentors, and my time on this earth. This is what I hope others will feel and agree with when helping out with the event. Thank you all for your support and donations. Thank you all for sharing and participating, and for proving that the good in this world will always outweigh the bad."

Below are some of the amazing pieces donated:

Full list of participating artists (subject to change):

Travis Winters, Missy Steel, Amanda Barr, Neil Symak, Brock Flamion, Jenna Sue Vanden Brink, Stephanie Wilhelm, Didem Mert, Rich Peterson, Sara Catapano, Ron Geibel, Luke Doyle, Dallas Wooten, Carole Epp, Kodi Thompson, Ben Carter, Ryan Rakhshan, Justin Rothshank, Rob Cartelli, Julia Claire Weber, Nicole Paulina, Shane Weaver, Marney McDiarmid, Kieth Hershbuger, Adriana Christianson, Vipoo Srivilasa, Melanie Sherman, Royce Hilderbrand, Gratia Brown, Garth Johnson, Jocelyn Howard, Aurthur Halverson, Luke Huling, Joshua Paul Hebbert , Lauren Gallaspy, Nicole Aquilano, Ashley Bevington, Liana Agnew, Adam Youngbluth, Mellisa Youngbluth, Nick Moen, Jess Verde, Tim See, Kari Radasch, Ian F Thomas, Matt George, Christine Longoria, GV Kelly, Alex Kraft, Patrick Rademaker, Jessica Putnum Phillips, Myka Hayden, Chris Chaney, Rachel Donner, Bianka Groves, Taylor Robenal, Geno Boni, Haakon Lenzi, Frederic Vernon, Cathy Terepocki 

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