For 47 years, and in a farmhouse more than 100-years-old, Mossy Creek Pottery has provided a place for local artists to create and show their work to people throughout Lincoln City, Oregon, and neighboring communities. The grounds of the farmhouse are almost as much fun as the interior, as there are dozens of sculpted faces hidden on the property that delight and enthrall visiting children.

“Like so many others, 2020 has been a year unlike any other for us,” says owner Melanie Richardson. “We’ve been open every day for the better part of 47 years, but this year we had to close for two months, temporarily lay off staff and miss the spring break tourist season. However, the way we see it, this farmhouse has been around for 100 years because of resiliency and so will we.”

Resiliency is also seen throughout the community after the devastating Echo Mountain Complex fire earlier this year. So when Richardson’s banker asked if she wanted to participate in Columbia Bank’s Pass It On Project, she was quick to agree. Mossy Creek Pottery chose to focus their efforts on those most impacted by the fire. That is why Mossy Creek Pottery is providing items to families in need, and Columbia Bank is picking up the tab. “We are donating items to three families impacted by the fires,” says Richardson. “We are splitting Columbia Bank’s generous donation three ways to provide these families a little bit of beauty and hope when they need it most.”