Mateus Project to Benefit Literacy Program

Plate Mateus

Child-designed plate by Mateus

NEW YORK-Ceramics maker Mateus is working with students enrolled in The Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Manhattan on a special line of ceramic plates to benefit Gift of Literacy.

The plates will be handpainted by Mateus’ artists in Portugal using designs created by the second grade students enrolled in the program. All of the plates will go up for auction in January 2015 and the proceeds will back the volunteer-based Gift of Literacy and help bring it national attention.

All of Mateus’ Gift for Literacy products will be sold exclusively at New York specialty store La Terrine, which specializes in handpainted ceramics from around the world. “It was a natural fit,” said La Terrine owner Deborah Friedman, in a Mateus statement. “[Mateus founder, Teresa Lundhal’s] creativity will help benefit our neighborhood public school children who are most in need. It’s really a West Side story we can all be happy about.”

Each year since its inception more than two decades ago, The JCC in Manhattan has trained and recruited hundreds of volunteers to help at-risk children in New York City public schools move up to grade level in reading. Through The JCC’s Gift of Literacy, thousands of children on the Upper West Side and in Harlem have learned how to read.