May 26th, 2024

Medicine Hat potters clay it forward for youth at Honeycomb House

By ANNA SMITH Local Journalism Initiative on March 20, 2024.

Members of the Medicine Hat Potters Association pose in this 2021 file photo with items dedicated to the Clay it Forward initiative. The proceeds from this year's event will go to the Honeycomb House teen space at the public library.--NEWS FILE PHOTO

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The Medicine Hat Potters Association is set to put both its talent and community spirit on display, with a silent auction to support the Honeycomb House.

The Clay it Forward silent auction, in partnership with 17 local businesses, features a wide variety of handmade collaborative pots, each made by one member of the association and decorated by another.

“We have a wide variety of items including vases, bowls, a plant pot, a jug, a platter and some items that could be used for a variety of purposes,” explains Corley Farough of the association’s special events committee. “Some of the pots are glazed, some are hand carved and all created with careful thought and detail.”

They’ve selected the Honeycomb House to benefit from the auction following research into what it, and the library at large, has to offer, wanting to donate to a cause that “was playing a positive role in mental health and among the younger population,” said Farough.

“While the Honeycomb House isn’t necessarily a space designated for mental health,” said Farough, “we recognized the extremely positive influence that a space like this has the opportunity to provide for youth in our community, and felt that it was such a great addition to our very loved public library that we wanted to help ensure the success and amenities available within.”

Youth and community librarian Stephanie Kuhn was blown away to hear that the Honeycomb House at the Medicine Hat Public Library would be the recipient for the auction proceeds.

“The Honeycomb House has only been open for six months, so to have community members rallying behind us goes to show how important this teen space is for the community, ” said Kuhn. “We’ve increased our teen programming at the library by 300 per cent thanks to the Honeycomb House, so the funds from the Clay It Forward initiative will be put to good use to continue providing quality programming to Medicine Hat teens.”

The pieces will be on display alongside their auction sheets at various businesses until March 29. Information on the locations of the pieces is available on the Medicine Hat Potters Association’s Facebook page.

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