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Any color you want, except hot pink.

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Let's show up big time to support  Sistas Caring 4 Sistas, a Doula collective improving outcomes for mamas and babies.
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For our last raffle of this series we're going all out. We hope you'll buy so many raffle tickets to help us raise money for Sistas Caring 4 Sistas, a community-based doula service working to improve maternal and infant health outcomes for People of Color in Buncombe County. This time we'll draw just one winner, but we're giving away 6 Dinner Sets in a Custom Color. That's right. Any color you want, we'll make. Except for fuchsia—that one's scientifically impossible with our materials. Sorry! Keep reading, or just skip right to it and...
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The SC4S team photo [left] and a doula helping a pregnant woman [right].
Sistas Caring 4 Sistas provides community-based doula services for women of color by women of color

In Buncombe County, *Black babies are 3.8 times more likely to die in infancy than white babies. And across the United States, Black people are 3 to 4 times more likely to die in childbirth. Systemic racism impacts everything—including our healthcare system. This is well-documented, and this pandemic shines a surgical lamp on this truth that we cannot ignore. The work of eradicating racism is always essential, but especially in this critical moment, we hope you'll join us in showering support, recognition, and money on a group of women working hard to make sure that pregnant Black women in our community get the advocacy and support they deserve, and that their babies come into this broken world as gently and safely as possible. 

Sistas Caring 4 Sistas advocates for institutional change surrounding birth through collaboration with clinical health providers and social services organizations.
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Founded in 2016 by Nikita Smart, Wakina Norris, Sade Muskatem, and Cindy McMillan, the doulas provide evidence-based physical and emotional support to People of Color during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period. Typically available only to the affluent, Doula Care is proven to lead to positive birth experiences, decreased interventions during labor, and decreased cesarean rates.

SC4S was birthed from a movement called Mothering Asheville, a collaborative effort of clinical healthcare providers, community organizations, and residents committed to eliminating inequities in infant mortality in Buncombe County. Mothering Asheville engages this mission-driven network to advocate for institutional policies that address structural racism, implicit bias, access to care, and social determinants of health. Together this coalition promotes increased access to preventive services in community-based settings and work to create systemic change in the way that Women of Color in Asheville access and utilize care.

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*If you're curious about the capitalization of "Black" but not "white" in this context, this statement from the Brookings Institute explains.
Kyler Crowder, EF Glaze Chemist, standing with a collection of all EF glazes [left]. A colorful collection of EF mugs.

Our team is so excited to work with the winner of our raffle to develop the color of their dreams! Pictured here, Kyle Crowder joined the team as an apprentice about five years ago. They came to us thinking they’d learn how to throw pots and then move along. Little did they know they were about to dive headlong into a career as a Glaze Chemist.

Today, Kyle works with Sara Melosh and Devin McMillen as our Material Sciences team. They make adjustments to our clay body when materials change, do so much data collection and analyzing, troubleshoot clay and glaze issues, and, of course, develop new colors to offer on our pottery! Click here to learn about our glaze process and to explore our favorite color combinations with our past, present, and future glazes click here. 

Glaze powders with water splatters.
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EF team member, Marcus, holding an EF Mug

If you’ve been trying to order a Mug from us with no luck, now is your moment. Pre-order a Mug in Eggshell, Morel, or Soapstone, and we’ll make it for you! Pre-order is making it easier for everyone to get all the pots they’ve had their eye on all at once. Playing catch-up? Find answers to many questions here. We’ll be closing this pre-order moment in a few days, but if you miss it, we’ll be re-opening the site for pre-order in the first week of July.

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