Pulham Market ceramics artist teaching the importance of smiling during lockdown with fundraising campaign
A ceramics artist from Pulham Market is teaching the importance of smiling – and raising money for a number of wellbeing organisations in the process.
With smiles so often concealed behind face masks for the past 12 months, Heather Richards has been selling her range of ‘Smiling Eyes’ ceramics; an assortment of platters, jugs and trivets featuring an image of two ‘smiling eyes’ behind a face mask – reminding people that they do not need to show off their pearly whites to spread a little bit of joy.
“The pandemic has had an enormous impact on people,” said the mother-of-three.
“It’s not been a normal year on any level, and we had been talking in the house about how we can be mindful of other people, and we thought about smiling.
“Usually, you don’t see a stranger’s smile because it’s behind a mask, so you have to smile really hard to show it in your eyes. The more you practice, the more you release happy endorphins.”
Mrs Richards makes her ceramics using a kiln in her home studio in Ipswich Road, selling them through pages on Facebook and Etsy.
All proceeds are shared between three wellbeing-focused organisations; MTM Youth Services, and Nature and Nurture, both based in Diss; and Ringsfield Hall Eco Activity Centre, based in Beccles.
So far, she has raised £46.46 for each of them, and demand continues to grow.
“I’m absolutely delighted,” she added. “It might make more people happy and spread a bit of joy, and it’s also raising money for important causes – that money could be a tea and biscuits fund for one of these groups.
“If we can keep it ticking over, that would be great.”
To purchase some of Mrs Richard’s ceramics, click here.