Stalls packed at craft fair

GOOD DAY OUT: Motueka potter Carol Clelland was kept busy serving customers at her stall.
GOOD DAY OUT: Motueka potter Carol Clelland was kept busy serving customers at her stall.

Motueka potter Carol Clelland learned her craft at the Motueka Pottery Workshop more than 25 years ago and yesterday 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 holidaymakers.

Between showing her colourful wall decorations and other work to customers, Ms Clelland said she was happy to return every year to support the workshop.

"I'm just pleased it's still running. 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."

The 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," said Mrs Wilson.

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 Douglas was helping 7-year-old Pieta McMillen from Sydney create a clay fish using simple implements such as a rolling pin, fork, spoons and sticks.

"It's just about having a go and whatever you make you can take home," said Ms Douglas.

Maxine Heathcote from Redwood Valley was browsing a stall of creations by members of the workshop and said she liked the fair for its relaxed atmosphere.

Next to her, Lindy Fowler from Riwaka said she came every year, mostly for the famous boysenberries and cream.