I’m sure you have someone in your life that is your inspiration. My grandmother Shirley Larson was that person for me. When she was diagnosed with cancer, I decided to do something positive to honor her. I began to raise money to support cancer research and patient services, but I didn’t want to do it the old-fashioned way. I believe that giving people a tangible gift in return for their donation would make them feel more connected to the cause, and Little Shirleys, were born out of this idea.
In 2009, I took a leap of faith, (always encouraged by Grandma Shirley!) and opened my own ceramics studio in hopes of continuing to raise money for important causes and carry on the legacy of one of the most amazing women I will ever know.
In the first weeks Little Shirley vases were available to the public, it was clear there was something more to them than clay and glaze. They seemed to bring out personal stories, and encourage conversations around difficult issues. Ten percent of Little Shirley profits are donated to community programs.
Our mission is to inspire people to take action and create a dialogue in their communities through their purchasing power, while fostering understanding about topics that affect us all.
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