Clinton School promotes products of Delta

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - From pottery to barbecue sauce, products from across the Mississippi Delta region of east Arkansas were on display at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock Saturday.

The DeltaMade Marketplace expo was intended to help forge connections between small businesses and larger retailers. Interested buyers swelled the main hall of the school, able to talk with ceramic artists offering pottery at one table, and barbecue sauce-producers across the room. The event was the second of its kind.

Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford said the school is more than willing to continue the partnership into the future. Gail Miller said she had been making pottery for over 30 years, but only in the last two years did she find the earthen, watercolor look that has taken her company, Millers Mud Mill Pottery, to markets in New Orleans and Dallas.

Also present was H.R. Williams, author of "The Whiskey Killing," which he said was set in a fictional town in the Arkansas Delta. Rutherford said the event drew the attention of the state's first lady, Ginger Beebe, as well as Dillard's Inc. executive Bill Dillard, plus a number of other retailers.

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