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Gifting with Purpose

By Shelley Levitt

The best possible holiday gift is one that delights the recipient and benefits the life
of the artisan who created it. Choose a gift from MudGirls Studios or Peace by Piece International, and that is what you will achieve.

A cutting board from Peace by Piece International

Peace by Piece International

Based in Atlantic City, New Jersey, MudGirls is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing economically disadvantaged and at-risk women with the skills and training to transition out of poverty and onto a pathway of self-sufficiency. “We use clay as our vehicle to change lives through their own creations and sales of functional art and aesthetic utilitarian objects,” says Dorrie Papademetriou, the group’s founder and designer.

Peace by Piece International, based in Los Gatos, California, has a similar mission for people around the world. Rather than selling to the consumer market, Peace by Piece focuses on corporate gifting and on items that can be customized with a company’s logo, branded colors, or marketing message.