EFFORT, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — In this month’s “A Little Love,” we introduce you to a young woman who won’t let any challenge stop her.
Twelve-year-old Kanay has plenty of hobbies and interests in life. And even though she loves arts-and-crafts with a passion, making pottery is something new.
“It just comes to me,” says Kanay. “The easiest things I can draw are flowers and eyes.”
When you first meet Kanay, you quickly learn she never settles for the easy way. She’s a person who always looks for the next challenge.
Her latest lesson first starts with a tour of Mudworks Pottery in Effort, Monroe County. Owner Joanne Stratakos gives Kanay a primer in the basics.
After learning how pottery is made, Kanay designs her own custom mug from top to bottom. And whether it’s mug making in Effort or a math quiz in class, she wants to be the best.
“I like being advanced and having something to do and extra work,” says Kanay.
When it’s time for Kanay to start pieceing together her latest creation, pottery expert Mark Rashe helps her get started. But even Kanay admits, it takes some practice.
“I was like ‘this is not good,'” says Kanay. “Then it got better!”
Caseworker Angela Phillips has been working with Kanay for half a year and says it’s easy to forget you’re talking with a 12-year-old.
“She likes to take care of people and make sure everyone is doing ok,” says Phillips. “She really wants to be connected with somebody.”
Kanay just wants that chance to mold and form that connection with a family.
“Having someone to lean on,” says Kanay. “[I look forward to] having someone who wants to help you and that cares.”
Kanay’s future family will have plenty of drawings for the fridge and crafts for the mantle. Each piece is just another example of a new skill to share.
“I feel like it’s a good accomplishment and I achieved something,” says Kanay.
For more information on Kanay and the organization SWAN, including post-permanency services, call 1-800-585-7926.