Hand-crafted mugs of all shapes and sizes will be sold Tuesday to benefit the Humane Society of Lincoln County.
For the seventh year, potters at Rising Sun Pottery will hold their annual open house and Mugathon.
â€œWeâ€™ve got about 225 to 230 mugs this year of all different colors, shapes and sizes,â€ said Gary Lee, owner of Rising Sun Pottery. â€œThey turned out really good.â€
Patrons may purchase a beverage-filled mug and pick from various sandwiches and desserts. Half of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society.
Lee is a supporter of the organization and enjoys hosting an event to help raise money for the animals and caregivers.
â€œThe money goes into their general fund, but it benefits their low-cost spay and neuter clinic and foster care for pets,â€ he said.
Lee said the benefit raised $900 for the Humane Society in 2003. He hopes to top $1,000 this year. More than 100 people usually turn out, he said.
The variety of mugs should be a little different this year. Lee typically creates most of the pieces.
This year, much of the pottery has been made by his student Bryon Cook, a studio potter, Carol Preston and Leeâ€™s assistant Jenny Treadaway.
Treadaway has done all of the glazing for the project. The group is putting the final touches on the pottery this week.
Mugs are $10. Refreshments are free. The event will be held rain or shine.
For more information call Rising Sun Pottery, 704-735-5820.
by Diane Turbyfill