UNM-LA Ceramic Artists Go to the Dogs

Lara Sandling Bennett displays the 2014 Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter calendar along with her ‘pots for pets.’ Courtesy photo
 
UNM-LA psychology professor Carol Furchner displays her ‘petroglyphs for pets’ to be sold to benefit progams of the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter. Courtesy photo 

By TORI LEE

UNM-Los Alamos ceramic artists have gone to the dogs ─ at least their pottery and ceramic artwork goes to the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter for the benefit of dogs and cats in need of homes.

UNM-LA ceramics instructor Barb Yarnell and her students Lara Sandling Bennett, Carol Furchner, Su-Fong Maloney and Bonnie Peterson create artistic ceramic bowls, mugs and dishes. Their artwork will be available for purchase at great prices at the Los Alamos Arts Council Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Crossroads Bible Church.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the many programs run by Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter:

  • Funding mobile adoptions;
  • Paying for medical care for animals brought into the shelter;
  • Assisting responsible pet owners facing large vet bills; and
  • Running low cost spay and neuter programs to reduce the number of unwanted animals entering shelter care.

Sandling Bennett started making ceramic pots about six years ago.

“I like playing with mud,” she said.

Bennett decided to donate money from the sale of her finished products for the benefit of Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter, “pots for pets” as she termed it.

UNM-LA psychology professor Carol Furchner developed an interest in working with clay. She makes “petroglyphs for pets,” which are stunning small magnetic ceramic representations of ancient rock art. Her work also will be on sale at the art fair Saturday, with proceeds to benefit Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter.

The Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter will have the 2014 Shelter Alumni Calendar on sale for $20. Prices for the artwork start at $10. Get more information on the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter at the website: www.lafos.org.

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