Marlborough children go potty for creative classes

Showing off their creations are, from left,  Grace Boyd,  Jacob Gray, Theo Gray, Luca Devoti, Sid, Anna and Sadie ...
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Showing off their creations are, from left, Grace Boyd, Jacob Gray, Theo Gray, Luca Devoti, Sid, Anna and Sadie Eradus, Louisa Devoti, Alannah Peoples and pottery tutor Debbie Hall.

A group of Marlborough children have had the chance to not only make pottery but see what it's like to try and sell it too.

The Marlborough Community Potters holiday programme saw expert tutor Debbie Hall lead the children in making their ceramic artworks.

They then got the chance to sell their wares at the Marlborough Artisan Market.

Debbie, who has had her pottery work commissioned by Kiwi actor Sam Neill, holds the holiday programmes during each school break for the group's children.

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She says this was the first time the class attempted to sell their creations.

"It's pretty special for them. They all came in four times over the holidays and created lots of colourful pieces which they then painted and glazed.

"Once the works had all been fired we got together to glue on brooch pins and magnets. It's been a lot of fun," Debbie says.

The children were all "very excited" to be part of the market and managed to sell "an impressive" amount of work, she says.

The community potters run classes with experienced tutors for both adults and children throughout the year.

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Regular tutors include well-known potters such as Ursula Edwards, Fran Maguire, Debbie Hall, Sara Scott and Valerie Maynard.

The club has been running for more than 30 years and has 60 members from around the Marlborough region.

 - The Marlborough Express

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