By MARIE GILBERT
February 3, 2013
By profession, Ginny Scrivener has a bad case of puppy love.
She mends broken paws, dispenses medicine, gives massages and sends pets home with their tails wagging.
But the same hands that heal also have an artistic touch.
The Funkstown veterinarian is a potter.
Scrivener always has had an affection for animals, so there was no surprise when it came to her choice in careers.
Graduating from Boonsboro High School, Hagerstown Community College and The University of Maryland, she headed to Ohio State University, where she earned her degree in veterinary medicine. She then returned home to Washington County, where she set up her practice, Animal Health Clinic of Funkstown.
It wasn't long after establishing her practice, that Scrivener began searching for a hobby — something that would allow her to de-stress, something that would become a passion.
She found what she was looking for while sitting at a potter's wheel.
Scrivener attended classes at Hagerstown Community College, where she studied with Doris Hoopengardner, Ben Culbertson and Nikki and Vince Serra.
"I have continued to learn from a number of mentors and enjoy every minute of it," she added.
Scrivener has been creating clay pieces for the past 12 years.
But because "pottery is a hobby, I decided a long time ago not to sell what I make," she said. "Rather, I would donate what I made to various charitable endeavors."
Scrivener said she sells her pottery from the Animal Health Clinic and, in the past, the money from sales has benefitted The Multiple Sclerosis Society, War Dogs, which provides items to dogs in the military and their handlers; and Olive Tree, a medical mission to Nicaragua in which she participates.
On Sunday, Feb. 10, she will be lending a hand to another cause when she joins other area potters by crafting a bowl for the 2013 Potter's Bowl, an annual fundraiser benefiting the Community Free Clinic of Washington County.
This is the 21st year for the event, which is sponsored by B'nai Abraham Synagogue and Trinity Lutheran Church.
It will be held at the First Christian Church in Hagers-town,
Patrons will eat a sampling of soups and take home a handcrafted ceramic bowl.
Scrivener said she has enjoyed donating to the Community Free Clinic through the Potter's Bowl, because by volunteering she has seen firsthand the good work that is done.
"I found the positive response to Potter's Bowl so intriguing that we started a similar event for the Olive Tree mission that is held in October of each year," Scrivener noted. "I was able to get a number of potter friends to help me."
Scrivener will be donating to Potter's Bowl along with her mother, Elaine Scrivener, who also is a potter.
"It's been great potting with my mother as it has allowed us to grow closer together," she said. "We often travel to clay conferences together, fire each others' work, mix glazes together and, often, do pieces together."
While she found the "the "cooperative environment" at HCC great for learning and sharing ideas, she also has a studio at home, Scrivener said.
"I enjoy throwing pots the most," she noted, "probably because I can block the world out. An old saying indicates that you can only center the clay if you can center your life. And I found this to be very true."
While doing pottery is a bit of a retreat from daily stresses, Scrivener said "I also enjoy knowing that my pottery is all over the world and being appreciated, while helping to provide for those in need."
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