Local ceramicist Libba Tracy typically creates large animal sculptures in the River Arts District, in close quarters with her fellow artists while studio-strolling tourists watch. But with COVID-19 restrictions moving her to the solitude of a makeshift barn studio, she’s crafted 100 intricately designed mugs as part of an ongoing effort “to find purpose and meaning somehow through the clay.” Tracy named the series “Mugs on a Mission” and will donate proceeds from sales to Bounty & Soul, a community-based nonprofit that provides access to fresh produce and wellness education. Black Mountain Center for the Arts, which is displaying and marketing the mugs, also will receive a small percentage of the profits. Each mug has a unique design that will be a surprise for each customer. $50. blackmountainarts.org Photo of Tracy courtesy of the artist
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