I want to share a link to a site for handcrafted items

@GardenGerty (99359)
United States
April 28, 2013 6:38pm CST
This is not a referral or sales link, but is a post to share a beautiful workshop with you. It is a retail shop in my hometown that sells the items made by the clients of the agency Disability Supports of the Great Plains. The place is called The Clayworks. Before they opened this beautiful shop about three years ago the clients worked in a room at our day services building. They rolled, cut, and stamped clay ornaments. The items were fired, glazed, refired, beaded and tagged. Each client receives the entire proceeds of each piece he or she sells. The agency also takes bulk orders that they produce. The aesthetics of the retail site are phenomenal. There is a lot more I could share about it, and I may as I comment on responses. I would love it if you would look what they can do. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Clayworks-at-Disability-Supports/138416756217453?fref=ts You can also do a swag search or google The Clayworks at Disability Supports, but this is the place where you will see the best pictures.
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• Bulgaria
29 Apr 13
Really good things. I'm a nandmaker too, but that seems to be hard to do.
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@GardenGerty (99359)
• United States
29 Apr 13
When done step by step it is not too hard. What is it that you make?
• Bulgaria
29 Apr 13
I make jewelries and souvenirs with beads and pearls. And goblens with beads again. :) Except hobby is a way to make some extra money. My friends like them and want to make some :)
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@GardenGerty (99359)
• United States
1 May 13
That is really a neat idea.
@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
28 Apr 13
Those are so cool and imaginative. I wish I was inventive. I always seem to end up taking some other person's idea or part of it. Lots of color and shapes. They would be nice to hang on the wall or put on a table. Very nice!
@GardenGerty (99359)
• United States
29 Apr 13
When you can be around creative people I think it stimulates your creativity as well. I bought a piece for Grandpa Bob one of the first times I went to visit him in Minnesota. I had friends here from New Mexico recently and they took a couple of pieces home.
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@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
29 Apr 13
So things are getting passed all over the US as well. I am reasonably creative on paper but not on crafts. My daughter is very creative. Guess it passed a generation.
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@GardenGerty (99359)
• United States
1 May 13
It may be that you were never in a position to develop your creativity. I thought I was not but find that I am in various areas. The Facebook site has lots of friends who have been here and moved away. Some of our clients are widely traveled as well.
• China
29 Apr 13
Sorry,the link you provided doesn't work.I trawl the clayworks at disability supports,I haven't seen the photos of items except knowing it is located at Kansas Ave.Sounds like they are handicraft wares made of clay.
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@GardenGerty (99359)
• United States
29 Apr 13
I am sorry these links do not work for you to see the pictures. Yes they are signs and birdhouses and many other things made from a rolled clay process, fired and glazed and hung with beaded wires. They are made by people who have some mental and/or physical disability.
• China
30 Apr 13
It is great even though they are handicapped, they manage to live on their own labour,and that these items give people an artistic treat.
• United States
29 Apr 13
I took a look at it. There are some pretty items on there. You should write an article about it for one of the writing sites.
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• United States
29 Apr 13
Gather was supposed to be back up this weekend, but it still isn't back. I don't spend all that much time there, but it is still annoying not to be able to go there when I want.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
28 Apr 13
Wow, they have some beautiful pieces, thanks for sharing. When I read how those who are disabled create this art, it reminded me of a friend of a friend, who is totally blind, yet she knits the most beautiful baby blankets and booties I have ever seen. I could never afford the price, but when I had my youngest, my friend purchased both the booties and the blanket. I don't have the booties anymore, but I kept that blanket.
@GardenGerty (99359)
• United States
29 Apr 13
I am often amazed. I know not every sheltered workshop provides this kind of opportunity, but I am thrilled for the pride this gives the people I work with, as well as the income and more independence. I bet that blanket is a real keepsake.
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• United States
29 Apr 13
Finally I am in to comment... Anyways, this brought up another friend whose daughter was born with spina bifida and in her town, there is a company that hires those who can't get just any job. For example, because her daughter gets so tired easily, she gets to pick how many hours she works. So she has a job to make her feel like she is doing something, but she isn't overwhelmed by hours of labor. I can't remember what she does though, I should inquire and support the company.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
1 May 13
absolutly beautiful! So so so...warm and fuzzy to know that there are people that will take the time to work with those that are disabled ...clearly they have skills and something to add to the world. I actually already knew that but many people do not. Thanx for sharing this!!
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@GardenGerty (99359)
• United States
1 May 13
Yes, they have skills and people have to appreciate that. I am glad you enjoyed my link.
@Shellyann36 (9616)
• United States
30 Apr 13
Wow this place has some great crafts! Thanks for showing it to us. They do very good work. It is good to hear that they get all of the proceeds from this as well.
@GardenGerty (99359)
• United States
1 May 13
It is one of the best things the clients get to do in my opinion/ They are proud of their work and of those extra checks.
• United States
29 Apr 13
I will check this out. I love crafts and to make them. right now I make jewelry and a mixture of things. thanks for shareing.
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@GardenGerty (99359)
• United States
1 May 13
I hope you enjoy what you see. It may give you some ideas as well.
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
29 Apr 13
What beautiful works of art! I wish I could have seen some prices, I did not see any on the Facebook page or the other pages I swag-searched.
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@GardenGerty (99359)
• United States
29 Apr 13
They are probably not used to the idea of people shopping online instead of in person. I know a lot of the mid size pieces are $12.95. I also know you can custom order pieces, because I have done that.
@drannhh (15226)
• United States
29 Apr 13
Thanks for sharing!. I think working with clay is very good for people of all persuasions.
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@GardenGerty (99359)
• United States
29 Apr 13
Having a chance to participate in any kind of creative process is a real blessing. I think we all have a little bit of an artist within us.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
29 Apr 13
These are amazing. The crosses look similar to the Celtic Cross' and I love them. They are magnificent works and made with love. Do you ship overseas? Oh, I should check that out myself. Sorry GG
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@GardenGerty (99359)
• United States
29 Apr 13
I do not know if they ship overseas. Yes, I have been impressed with the things that our clients have learned. This originally began as an activity at day services, a local art professor introduced some clients to the process of rolled clay. The clients were interested and it blossomed from there. Three years ago it got to move into it's own store front. I am sure they would love comments on their Facebook page as well.This is one of the loveliest stores on our Main Street, in my opinion.