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The College of Architecture and Urban Studies commissioned Emerson Creek Pottery to produce the teacup designed by Martha Sullivan and Ellen Braaten. Tom Alburn, out of Pennsylvania, made the plaster model and molds for the slip casting.

Emerson Creek is owned and operated by Jim Leavitt (Columbia University & Rhode Island Institute of Art & Design), husband of CAUS Alumni Trenda Leavitt.  Trenda obtained a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from CAUS in 1996. While at CAUS, she served as a Teaching Assistant in Hydrology (Dean Bork) and Project Manager and Instructor at CDAC (Elizabeth Gilboy).  She has taught and practiced Landscape Architecture for twenty years, is a Licensed Landscape Architect in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is the owner of Beechgrove Design LLC. Trenda expressed her excitement to work on the project, “Jim and I are thrilled CAUS selected a Made in Virginia business to create their 50th Anniversary Teacup – we trust CAUS will continue to educate, inspire and transform space in a beautiful way for another fifty years!”