Community Hearth_Horses at Gateway Gallery

Today we installed four of the Community Hearth horses at Diane Parker’s gallery, Gateway Ceramics, Kaipaki Rd, Waikato.

We think they look lovely standing hoof-deep in clover; and hopefully a few more of the CH horses will join them during the week.  It’s a nice completion to the project to have them on show, although there will be a ‘lessons learnt’ session by the team and also a slide presentation to the WSP on members’ night, 18th December.

Community Hearth horses at Gateway Ceramics Gallery

Susan St Lawrence with the Community Hearth horse maquette


Sandra Quintal’s ‘Little Pony’

Elsa Lye’s ‘The Tron’

Yvette Phillips’ ‘Henry’


Community Hearth_Photo Album

It takes AGES to sort through the photos and downsize them for this blog (facebook you can just download any size), so my lovely friend Nicola has put the photos on to a Picasa album with public access.    The photos are uncropped or adjusted, but will give you a feel for the great day we had.

Community Hearth Album on Picasa

And I’ve added some photos that Yasmin took…

Community Hearth Album_extra photos on Picasa


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Community Hearth_4 sleeps to go

Too many photos to download at the moment but all is coming together really well.  The fireboxes are built, as are the fibre kilns; the wood has been cut (mammoth task!).  Thursday 25th sees the horses installed on the fireboxes and the kilns assembled around them.  Big, and fraught job.  Friday 26th will be a candle firing to dry out the bricks and drive off and residual water in the clay.  Saturday is the big day!  Only 4 more sleeps to go.  (PROVIDED THE WEATHER IS FABOURABLE.  We can’t fire if the Westerly wind is too strong, or if it’s heavy rain.  Will fire on the Sunday or the next weekend if we need to.)

Linda Ryder, Elsa Lye, Bev McKenzie, Chris Fairley, Susan St Lawrence, Mark Trail, Linda MacLachlan, Sandra Quintal, Yvette Phillips.

Firing Programme

General To Do List

Saturday 20th. Count down begins.

Monday 22nd. Wood cutting day plus the rest.

Wednesday 25th collect Niki from airport; Thursday 26th install horses on fireboxes; Friday 27th candle firing.

Saturday 27th, The Community Hearth firing.






Community Hearth – FUNdraising Night

18 Sept 2012, 7pm, Waikato Soc of Potters

Cnr Seddon & Ward Sts, Hamilton Central.

Spread the word.  Bring friends and family and money.  There’ll be door prizes, raffles, a silent auction, live music AND the horses will be naked of their newspaper covers so you can see them up close and personal.

  • Besides the naked horses and the students talking about ‘Why They Thought It Was A Good Idea To Sign Up At The Time‘ and their experience so far, we’ll talk about the upcoming firing event and what you might expect to see and experience at the Community Hearth firing on the 27 October.
  • There will be door prizes to be won (including a limited edition illustrated plate by Susan St Lawrence)
  • A fresh food hamper raffle (including the famous bacon and egg pie by Lynnda McLachlan, chocolate cherry brownies by Elsa Lye and much more)
  • Free nibbles and drinks
  • And a silent auction.  Things that you will be able to bid on include:
    • the large, original Susan St Lawrence horse maquette that kicked the whole project off
    • a ceramic art work by Trish Seddon
    • a remedial massage with Kerry, (Dr and Ceramic Diploma student)
    • an hour’s wheel tuition with Yazmin, one of the potters-in-residence at WSP
    • a mixed media collage by Wendy Thompson, the Society’s President
    • an evening’s babysitting by Simone
    • plus many other desirable things

All proceeds go towards funding materials and equipment needed to build the kilns, and setting up the exhibition to be held at Diane Parker’s Gateway Gallery after the event.

Put Tuesday 18th Sept, 7pm in your diaries now, pass on the news, see you there!

Community Hearth maquette by Susan St Lawrence.

!!!!Community Hearth New Firing Date!!!!

New Community Hearth Firing Date

27 October 2012

The team thought the original date of 22nd September, just too early – they wanted to enjoy the process of building rather large horses, not feel like they were in a stressful stampede to the finish.

All the details are still working themselves out.  We’ll confirm venue asap.
Also, there will be a fundraising event in Mid September.  It’ll be a fun night with an amazing guest speaker, silent auction, potluck dinner and live entertainment.  Watch this space!!!

Live Music at the Community Hearth Event

We’ve got our first confirmation of live music for the Community Hearth firing on 22nd Sept.  The Nobody Girls have kindly offered to come keep us entertained.

Macaila Pescud and Effie McLeay both play guitar and sing together, with Macaila singing harmonies and sometimes playing violin.   Their sound is best described as relaxed and melodic and probably fits best in the Indie genre.

They’re also looking forward to being part of the day and seeing their first ceramic event ‘reveal’.  Let’s hear it for The Nobody Girls!  Yay!  

The Nobody Girls

The Nobody Girls