Dear Hazle Collector
Help us plan this for 2009. Answers are anonymous even to us. There are many spaces for suggestions - even if you have made them before. Don't forget to click the Submit button!
A. CYBER CERAMICS
Most themes have never been done before. Two themes were treated differently to the proposals here and on other models. Ideas are subject to collectors' and Hazle's approval. You can suggest buildings which will be finalised later. Unless there is a compelling reason otherwise, the aim is to use newer models from 2005 onwards, and only once each.
1. Basket Maker - probably on The Nutshell
Based on P H Coate & Son founded 1819 who still cultivate willow "withies" on the Somerset levels, the foremost UK wetland habitat. Their Willows & Wetlands Centre, opened by naturalist David Bellamy in 1987, has been a huge tourist boost to the area. There is also a Basketry Museum. Coates still hand make everything including furniture, Living Willow garden structures and willow coffins! They also do traditional willow charcoal burning.
Yes, I am interested in a ceramic with this theme
2. London Tube Station
Proposed by Karen McHenry in 2003, possibly as Covent Garden (linked to early Hazle history) and with old-fashioned travel posters. Hazle liked the idea and wanted to model an actual station. Five years on - and with other London buildings on Hazle's wish list - I am suggesting that the circular Underground sign might be done as an add-on to an existing model.
3. Alice in Wonderland
Characters in windows such as The Mad Hatter and Red Queen hint at the Waxworks Museum inside which has scenes from the book. As well as for adults, this could be the start of a Children's Range - appealing to new buyers? Kids at Barleylands love Hazle Ceramics but parents are probably more likely to buy pieces geared to children. Do you agree?
4. The Cartographer - possibly on Windsor King's Head or Floris
Cartography has a long history with the earliest map believed to date from the late 7th Millennium BCE. Many maps are priceless relics of former cultures. On a King's Head version an old map maker and his apprentice son could be suggested on the first floor - with their hand made charts and globes atmospherically displayed downstairs in the shop window. It might be called Mappa Mundi - or maybe something else? With a bigger window, a version on Floris could have world famous maps perhaps portrayed with greater clarity.
5. His Master's Voice
Retro gramophone (phonograph) shop. Celebrating the beginnings... with a beautiful brass machine, a model of Nipper the terrier (fascinated by his dead master's voice) and early record sleeves or posters. I have a great photo of such a shop window for adaptation. There have been a couple of short-run record shops in the past but nothing like this.
6. Laura Ashley - possibly on Cambridge Art Nouveau or Lock & Co
Hazle wanted to do this (or the Body Shop) for her Millennium Series to celebrate the rise of women in manufacture and retailing during the 20th century. But getting permission was complicated. Instead of a Limited Edition of 2000 pieces as it would have been then, I am suggesting a small by-request and members-only painting - with clothing and home wares.
7. Glass Blower
Two young men run an award-winning glassworks at Barleylands with a massive kiln that is rarely turned off as it takes so long to reheat. They produce the glass trophy for the Queens Club Tennis Championship in London and made replica replacements for Victorian street lamps outside Buckingham Palace. The blower and his bulb of extruded glass could make a fabulous image, alongside vibrantly coloured finished glassware.
8. Queen Victoria's Biscuit Maker - on Tunbridge Wells
She visited the tiny, family bakery of A Romary & Co in 1876 and her sketchy silhouette might be depicted. With mirrors on walls, orders from British and foreign Royalty were on show under the high mahogany counter. Customers sat on white cane chairs to taste samples. All biscuits were in tins, except broken ones in paper bags on Fridays. Perhaps Victoria's Coat of Arms could be an add-on to the first floor, where it once was in real life.
9. The Sail Loft - the older Canterbury Bakery is the best shape
Based on historic, restored buildings on the coast at Tollesbury near Maldon in Essex. Built in the late 1900s and used for making and storing sails for the local fishing fleet and the great J Class 120 foot yachts. The latter's heyday was in the 1930s when Tollesbury men crewed them round the Mediterranean then returned to fish in winter. Along with other J Class yachts, the well-known "Flying" was entered by Tommy Sopwith in the America's Cup. Evocative, colourful sails will be shown in the windows.
10. The Cornucopia - on Southend
Before this building finally retires, I would love to see the Turret Pub painted as it really is. The fascia is mid blue with gold lettering and the turret roof is also gold. The pub restaurant could be shown in the main windows, with the cornucopia (or horn of plenty) plaque on the wall. This was voted CAMRA's Most Improved Pub 2007. We have excellent photos.
B. CONFERENCE CALL
Are you interested in joining in a free Skype conference call with Hazle during the event? We aim to kick-off with some prepared questions. (To register free with Skype click here.)
I would like Hazle to answer the following question/s:
C. GENERAL SURVEY
If and when Hazle models new buildings would you prefer more:
You can tick more than one box above. Please feel free to make any suggestions for new buildings or paintings or comment on any aspect of the event or Hazle Ceramics below:
Thank you for your help.
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