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Racks of fun at craft fair

Tuesday, 1st May, 2012

FUN: Maddi Bassett-White got amongst it at the Potters Society’s Pottery and Craft Mothers Day Fair. FUN: Maddi Bassett-White got amongst it at the Potters Society’s Pottery and Craft Mothers Day Fair.

By Erica Visser

A Pottery and Craft Mothers’ Day Fair held over the weekend enjoyed one of its biggest turnouts yet, according to Potters Society Treasurer, Vicki Sladden. 

It was the sixth year that the Society has held the event and Mrs Sladden said that the two-day fair at its Wyman Street studio was an “overwhelming success.”

“We think it did really well. We don’t have the financial figures in yet but going by the crowds we had there and the amount of spaces left at the end of it, it was a huge success,” she said.

“Socially it was successful and we think it was financially too. Our treasurer is very happy, so if she’s very happy we think it was pretty good.”

A particular favourite was the free pottery demonstrations, which were run by Mrs Sladden herself.

“We had different demonstrations and I did a pottery demonstration and there were more people than ever before,” she said.

“They were standing up and watching and asking questions. Every time I tried to go on a break someone would say, ‘There’s someone else here for a demonstration!’

“Our sausage sizzle and Devonshire tea was also really popular.”

Mrs Sladden said that a number of tourists came along to browse through the fair’s crafts, pots, handmade scarves and quilts.

“We had a lot of visitors come through because we put flyers at the tourism centre and a lot of the caravan parks.

“The amount of advertising was just fantastic and we couldn’t do it without support of the public, and the Broken Hill community get behind us 100 per cent.”

All profits made from the fair go back into running the Society, including the maintenance of its building.

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