Friends of TFH Appalachia
How to Become a Supporting "Friend of TFH Appalachia"
Friends of TFH Appalachia receive a nice appreciation gift--a candle holder and beeswax candle or a bead oil lamp created by Appalachian artisans.
Contact us if you have any questions or would like more information.
Also consider affirming our partnership covenant: Partnership Covenant
The Mission of TFH Appalachia
Appalachia was long dominated by a single extractive industry, which did not result in development of schools, infrastructure, or economic diversity. As that industry has declined the Appalachian economy has suffered greatly.
While we intervene to repair homes, feed the hungry, work for better healthcare, innovate creative solutions, and advocate for just systems, we keep our focus on the big picture vision of poverty alleviation. We continue to go to the root of poverty, hunger, inadequate housing, education, and healthcare and ask why these inequities exist as we seek long-term sustainable solutions.
Learn more about: Together for Hope Appalachia
We are better when we work together, so we continue to build a coalition of organizations, churches, and individuals who share our goals, while we work to provide resources, support, and networking for existing partners.
Your annual gift of $120 (or $10 a month) supports this work of transformation in rural Appalachia:
• Expanding our impact by providing additional leadership in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Ohio.
Elena Compton is the Assistant to the Regional Vice President for Together for Hope Appalachia, serving in West Virginia.
To show our appreciation and to commemorate your partnership with TFH Appalachia we would like to present you with a candle holder and beeswax candle or a bead oil lamp created by Appalachian artisans, Kirk Banks, Sarah Culbreth, and Jason Hughes.
Thank you for sharing your light (Matthew 5:15).
MEET THE ARTISANS
Richard Kirk Banks
Head Ceramic Contract Artist
Appalachian Artisan Center, Hindman, Kentucky
Richard Kirk Banks is a multi-disciplinary studio artist working in Hindman, KY. A Whitesburg, KY native, Kirk is a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise with an emphasis in fine/studio art. He practices primarily in three media: ceramic arts,
printmaking, and painting. Kirk’s pieces from each medium are characterized by bold, saturated colors, simple patterns, and lively functionality. His ceramic work is generally functional and wheel-made, with instruction offered weekly by the artist. His print work includes serigraphs and monotype/monoprint on paper, while his paintings are made with acrylic, oil, and pastels on canvas or panel.
Tater Knob Pottery and Farm, Berea, Kentucky
I fell in love the first time I saw pottery being made on the potter’s wheel. This happened when I was 18 and got a job at Berea College’s Ceramic Apprenticeship Program.
Every student going to Berea College has to work, so instead of serving food at Boone Tavern, I got a job at the pottery. I had no idea how hard it is/was to “throw” a pot, much less be in a business selling the work of my hands. All I wanted to do was make my own dinnerware. Now I do dinnerware as a specialty.
I have always tied education to the sale of my finished pottery. I figured that people would appreciate the price of my work if they recognized how hard it is to do and what it entails.
For 35 years visitors have viewed clay spinning around on our potter’s wheel, while I give an explanation of the process. I still love “throwing” pottery and having the public get excited by watching.
I keep my prices reasonable Daso everyone can afford a real piece of earth, turned into a thing of beauty to eat and drink from, that will last a very long time (unless you drop it on concrete!).
I still love what I do, and I hope to teach others the skill of my heart and hands.
Jason is always pushing the boundaries of his work in leather. He creates useful items, such as bags, bookmarks, valet trays and keychains as well as framed artistry. He is currently creating a series of Celtic crosses in leather. Jason is also a bee keeper and sometimes has local honey and pure beeswax candles available.