A local pottery shop is hosting its annual mug sale this week in support of Lincoln County animals.
Rising Sun Pottery, located at 209 S. Academy Street in Lincolnton, will hold its “Mugs for Mutts & Cups for Cats” from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday. More than half the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Lincoln County, pottery shop owner Gary Lee told the Times-News.
He anticipates the event each year as art lovers flock to the fundraiser to support animals’ lives.
The benefit will offer $10 mugs of all shapes and sizes as well as collector face mugs, each hand-crafted by local artists Wendy Edwards and Tina Davis and priced at $20 apiece.
A lottery drawing for the 15 unique pieces will take place at 5 p.m. They are limited to one per person.
Lee said the shop will feature more than 200 regular mugs, each shaped and designed by its very own studio potters. The fundraiser has made significant strides since its early days when Lee said Rising Sun Pottery sold roughly 35 mugs at its first annual fundraiser more than 15 years ago.
“It’s come a long way,” he said.
The business chose to support the local Humane Society after the owner at the time adopted two cats and sparked an interest in animal care and the local nonprofit.
Through the event, Lee also hopes to raise awareness among community members about the services the organization offers, including a low-cost spay/neuter clinic multiple times during the year.
“We’re just looking for a good turnout,” he said. “I would like to…see them (mugs) all gone.”
Rising Sun Pottery also hosts a similar fundraiser in the fall, in which the shop sells handmade soup bowls, each crafted with a different facial expression. Proceeds from the soup bowl sale benefit Hospice & Palliative Care of Lincoln County.
For more information, call (704) 735-5820.