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Saturday October 25, 2014

d08 bp3Functional. Affordable. Practical and pleasing to look at. Add unique glazes, graceful shapes and a passion for creating beautiful pottery, and you’ll understand how Lori Biggins Sullivan has fashioned a niche out of a humble block of clay.
The creative force behind Biggins Pottery, Lori is one of those rare artisans who has actually been able to make a living doing what they love. She’s not only a full-time potter, she’s believed to be one of the most prolific potters on the Western Slope.
But like most journeys, hers began with small steps.

d08 bp2Some artists specialize in oil pastels. Or sculpture. Or a beautifully-penned piece of music. Mary Chadwick’s medium of choice is sugar. Buttercream, to be more specific.
Like any other artist, Mary can become consumed by a project. She trolls Pinterest for inspiration, and takes days — weeks, if she has the time — designing a cake in her mind before she even starts putting frosting to pastry.
Mary lives in Eckert now with her husband Paul Chadwick, her daughter Megan, and Paul’s son Jeffrey. The past 20 years or so, however, have led her around the country and always with a cake knife in hand.

d08 bp1You may have seen them at school events. Perhaps they were helping with fundraising efforts, or picking up trash along a local stretch of highway. If you have attended a Delta High School event, they were there, in uniform, presenting the colors of our great state and nation.
For the past 10 years, the young men and women of the Delta Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Panther Battalion have worked to make the community a better place to live. Their mission: To motivate young people to be better citizens.

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