Ceramics maker will create plaques to raise money for Hornchurch charity First Step

A First Step supporter is putting her best foot forward by fundraising while creating ceramic gifts.

Hazle Boyles, owner of Hazles’ Ceramics, is the creater of the award-winning A Nation of Shopkeepers collectible ceramic wall plaques.

As part of the collection she asked people to vote on which two buildings she should make for the collection next, and the winners were a fishmongers’ and a Great British fish and chip shop.

Hazle has started work on the designs and is clocking on every time she starts work, and clocks off at the end of each session, and is raising money by asking people to guess the time it will take to complete the project.

You can make as many guesses as you like, for a donation of �2 each time, which will go towards the charity in Tangmere Crescent, Hornchurch. The person with the closest guess will win one of the ceramics.

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Hazle said she wanted to raise money for the charity, which supports children with disabilities and special needs, as she has supported their work for many years.

Hazle added: “Do join in and guess how long this marathon will last, it really is anyone’s guess, the amount of time spent on a new building varies enormously.”

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The process includes drawing the buildings, making them out of clay – which includes four clay layers, casting a plaster negative from the clay model, then creating a plaster positive.

The master mould maker will then create the first mould in Stoke on Trent before it is taken back to the workshop. It will then be cast, fired in the kiln, painted and glazed.

To donate visit Hazle’s page at www.justgiving.com/hazlesmodellingmarathon.

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