Like so many, Bailey Ness discovered her life’s passion by accident. In 2013, she took a pottery class at Eastern Washington University on a whim and fell in love immediately. Seven years later, she has her own pottery business, focused on pieces using genuine crystals and gold luster. Mugs, cups, ashtrays, vases and more could be seen at various local bazaars and markets.

That is, before COVID-19. Much of Bailey’s ability to do business comes from selling her work at markets. Anyone can buy custom pieces by contacting Bailey, but she still lost much of her income with a lack of face-to-face interaction.

Still, that hasn’t stopped her from firing up that giving spirit. That’s why Bailey is participating Columbia’s Pass It On Project. She is making hand-made mugs and donating them to local doctors and nurses. “Without them and all their hard work, we would all be in a worse place than we are now,” she said. “Because of them, we can become healthy again when we get sick. They take care of our loved ones, change lives with surgeries, and much more.”

Doctors and nurses have worked tireless hours during this pandemic. If they need a hot cup of coffee, Columbia Bank is helping Bailey make sure they’ve got a stylish vessel for that jolt of caffeine