Remembering Deborah Ballard

deborah-ballardOur community of potters is saddened and stunned to learn of the unexpected passing of Deborah “Debi” Ballard, who died in March 2014 following a stroke. Debi was a regular at the ClayWays studio, attending the Monday night wheel class and glazing on the weekends. She was also a steadfast volunteer and team leader at the annual Austin Empty Bowl Project.

Debi had close family ties and an abundant, diverse group of friends through her vocation at Texas Health and Human Services Commission and through her community of potters, as well as other past-times. Many who knew Debi found her to have a cool, level-head and a warm heart. She definitely falls into the "Giver" category, serving as an active participant in whatever she chose to do. Her smile and wonderful sense of humor will be missed. Debi is survived by her sons and all those whose lives she touched.


At the family's request, any donations may be made to: Austin Empty Bowl Project. After submitting the donation, please send an email to Austin Empty Bowl @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and say you just donated in memory of Deborah Ballard OR 

You may also donate by mail: (check payable to Austin Empty Bowl Project) to:

Austin Empty Bowl Project
1112 Travis Heights Blvd
Austin, Texas 78704

Please include a notation that the donation is in memory of Deborah Ballard. The donation is tax-deductible.


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