Gordonton Art Trail all go this weekend

Photo of Fiona McCloud
Local potter Fiona McCloud with one of her recent pieces.

Local artists with different mediums are holding the first ever Gordonton Art & Design Trail this weekend.

The trail offers an opportunity to view a wide range of art and design in the artists’ studios, and provides the public a chance to talk with local artists.

Potter Fiona McLeod says the idea for the Art Trail began with Mindhu Singh, who then went around introducing the idea to other local artists.

“Some were already friends and others like myself have become friends. We met at the Gordonton School Christmas on the field event, I had a stall there.”

The trail will include works of pottery, illustration, clothing, glass casting, vintage jewellery up cycling, crafts of all varieties, multimedium art and ink art, by eight artists over six locations, she says.

The two-day event is on Saturday 15 to Sunday 16 May, from 10am to 4pm and is free. Refreshments will be provided at each studio.

“Set in the beautiful countryside, explore the work of local artists and designers, they’re looking forward to meeting you.”

Art Trail poster


McLeod Pottery
“I make functional pieces for everyday life. My aim is to make beautiful pieces for people to enjoy using. I also do unique pots for succulents, bird baths and hanging baskets. People have described my work as ‘rustic’. I use nature and the pots function as my motivation and I love the challenge of making something new and am always open to suggestions.”

Bola Ceramics
Bola Ceramics is inspired by the connections and reminders of earthly surroundings; creating unique vessels.

Hayley Fischer
“My crafts are a variety of different things, ranging from bike pots to knot macrame hangers and candles using different types of recycled vessels. My lastest creations include wax hangers which have either lavender or French rose fragrance and handpainted water colour gift cards.”


Photo of planter
Work by Hayley Fischer


Gemma Reid
“My work focusses on the importance of our interaction with our natural environment.”

Jacquie Haselden
Jacquie’s painting career has spanned over 35 years with a recent shift to include Linocut and ceramics. She is a Gordonton local with family connections to Woodlands estate. Her recent works reflect an interest in narratives connected to place.

Woodlands hare photo
One of Jacquie Haselden’s recent works, with Woodlands in the foreground.

SCHATCI is a New Zealand clothing brand. “Our inspiration comes from lifestyle, comfort and quality. For now, we have one mission: to bring you timeless, high-quality pieces that you can wear for years to come.”

“My inspiration comes from Middle Eastern jewellery. I upcycle and create contemporary and functional items.”

Karin Barr
“Creating glass works gives me the opportunity to express myself.”

Gracie Eden
“A compulsive doodler, having fun creating.”


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