By Outer Banks Voice on November 11, 2020
Tyler Midgette and Kinakeet Clay Studio and Showroom recently donated $2,700.00 to Surfing for Autism. Together they hosted a fundraiser selling Tyler’s handmade clay ornaments and donated all proceeds to the local organization. Tyler’s artist bio on Kinakeet Clay’s Facebook page reads: “Tyler is a 9th grader at Cape Hatteras Secondary School. With the help of his assistant, Carrie, he began working with clay in the summer of 2016. They have worked together in the Kinnakeet Clay studio every summer since. Tyler’s favorite parts of the process are rolling textures such as lace and net into the clay and (his very favorite) painting glaze onto each piece. In his free time, Tyler loves to be in the water. He would spend all of his time chilling underwater if he could. Tyler’s family has an extensive collection of his work. They wanted to share his creations with others this year and were thrilled when Carrie presented the idea of fundraising for Surfing for Autism”.
SFA is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to “offer individuals and families impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder a supportive environment to connect and share by creating opportunities to experience the therapeutic benefits of surfing. Through these opportunities, Surfing for Autism is also creating a greater awareness and a deeper understanding of ASD within the community.”
The popularity of Tyler’s creations and the outpouring of community support has made this fundraiser a fantastic success and Surfing for Autism is grateful for the generosity of all involved. Thank you, Tyler, Carrie, Kinakeet Clay owner Antoinette Gaskins Mattingly and staff, and all who purchased ornaments and supported this effort!