Tasman Leader : January 9th 2014
NEWS THE TASMAN LEADER, JANUARY 9, 2014 Pottery workshop draws them back M By ALASTAIR PAULIN otueka potter Carol Clelland learned her craft at the Motueka Pottery Workshop more than 25 years ago and last week her stall was one of the most popular attractions at the Riwaka Market Day. The annual craft fair is a fundraiser for the workshop’s studio in the Riwaka Domain and every year it draws thousands of holiday makers. Between showing her colourful wall decorations and other work to customers, Carol said she was happy to return every year to support the workshop. ‘‘I’m just pleased it’s still run- ning. Being on the grass and out in the countryside is just beautiful and every year we meet people from all over the country and they keep coming back.’’ Market day co-ordinator Barbara Wilson, who is the chairwoman of the workshop, said yesterday was the first time the event had been fully booked by stallholders, with 45 stalls including pottery, local produce and craft. There had been a waiting list of stallholders for three weeks, she said. ‘‘Stallholders tell us that we are one of the friendliest fairs around and 75 per cent of our stallholders are returnees.’’ The workshop expected to make about $2000 from the fair, with its own stalls of pottery, boysenberries and cream, a sausage sizzle and children’s craft activities supplementing income from stall rent. Workshop member Sarah Doug- las was helping 7-year-old Pieta McMillen from Sydney create a clay fish using simple implements such as a rolling pin, fork, spoons Pottering about: Motueka Pottery Workshop members Judy Thorp, left, and Yockney. Bright colours: Jacinta Wiley, 10, left, and sister Trinity Wiley, 12, from Christchurch examine Motueka potter Carol Clelland’s work at the Riwaka Market Day last week. Photos: ALASTAIR PAULIN and sticks. ‘‘It’s just about having a go and whatever you make you can take home,’’ Sarah said. 15 Hard choices: Lindy Fowler from Riwaka and Maxine Heathcote from Redwood Valley examine pottery.
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