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Clay Hub Collective almost has its new digs, thanks to generosity from locals

The addition of a pottery hub to the Cowichan Station is closer to becoming reality. - courtesy Hilary Huntley
The addition of a pottery hub to the Cowichan Station is closer to becoming reality.
— image credit: courtesy Hilary Huntley

What was once a dream is coming closer to becoming a reality.

A little over a year ago, in April 2013, the Cowichan Station Area Association received $50,000 from the province to create a new pottery and clay arts facility in its growing community centre.

The grant is helping to pay for renovations to the ground floor of the former Cowichan Station schoolhouse and transform it into a new community clay studio run by local potters.

In 2011, the Cowichan Station Area Association signed a 40-year lease to turn the school into a multi-purpose community centre — the Hub at Cowichan Station.

More recently, the generosity of 122 people who attended a fundraiser and silent auction at the Cowichan Bay Pub helped the Clay Hub Collective move even closer to its goal of having a studio and "home," for local area potters.

The event raised $2,500 and the funding for  floor sealant, insurance and the lumber needed for the project's next steps.

The cement floor is in, the drywall is hung and the ceiling painted. The electrical and plumbing are underway.

"It's been 2 1/2 years so far, but now it really feels like it's going to become a reality," potters Ewa Sniatycka, Hilary Huntley, Franziska Ditter, Sue Wells, Mary Fox and Cathy Jefferson said in a news release.

"This has only been possible due to the generosity of many people," it continued. "The Clay Hub would like to thank everyone and say how grateful we are."

Those interested in helping to prepare the clay rooms for classes, or to enroll in classes themselves should email the collective at: theclayhubcollective@gmail.com

 

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