By Victoria Gaither
I've never given much thought to pottery. Pottery to me was something you saw at a museum, a gallery or in a Hollywood movie, like 'Ghost' starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. The famous pottery scene between Swayze and Moore heated up movie screens across America. If you have never seen it before make it a date night on you tube with popcorn and wine. You will not be disappointed! Growing up in Washington, DC I was fortunate to live in a city rich in history and museums. Although, I've been to the Freer Gallery of Art, the National Museum of African Art, the National Galley of Art, and walked by ceramics and pottery stores since forever it took me a trip to New Plymouth, New Zealand to learn and appreciate pottery. A lovely couple name Rein & Marlene Reidfelds are responsible for my new love of all things pottery. I'm MAD over pottery! Both Rein & Marlene are potters and encourage friends and family to play with clay. In fact, Marlene was handed the novice prize at the New Plymouth Potters 42nd Annual Exhibit for her Raku fired miniature houses. I didn't have to take a pottery class, fire up the kiln, or get my hands dirty with clay. I house sat for the couple along with my partner, Stu, and had three wonderful weeks to live in pottery heaven. I mean, the house is full of interesting stoneware, earthenware and porcelain. It's hard to pick a favorite but I love the pig & elephant that greet you as you walk into the master bedroom. The polar bear is hard to miss as he lays in front of the bay window on a wooden chest, and a whale looks to be swimming across the windowsill. On this particular day, it's raining outdoors, so the rain against the window glass is quite appropriate for the clay creatures. Since I'm at Rein & Marlene's home, and not a fancy gallery, it was okay for me to pick up the pottery, touch it, look at it, feel it, and pick apart the details. The polar bear was so heavy I swear you could seriously hurt someone with it but the whale was smooth as peanut butter.
Speaking of peanut butter, inside the kitchen, I found all types of plates, bowls, cups, serving trays, and a fruit & veggie bowl made out of pottery. Plus, items that don't have a name that Rein & Marlene made to serve a purpose for them. My partner, Stu, who is a published cook book author swears his food tastes better on pottery. It certainly does look better. Rein's plates and saucers are colorful with interesting looking patterns and shapes. I love on the plates how the side's aren't flat but curve up so the food doesn't get pushed to the edge. It's such a smart idea! I guess if you make your own kitchen ware you can be creative and do what you like. When Stu made his salad and pie I found it fun to eat because it was on pottery and it wasn't inside a museum but on my table. It was at that moment I realized pottery is practical not out of my reach as I believed before! I only thought clay was regulated to museums.
I learned from reading an old issue of Ceramics Quarterly at the house pottery is big not only in New Plymouth but New Zealand. Back on Rein's table, I can day dream about the residents living in the multi level pottery home that sits on the dining room table that he made. Slim, the cat and the real boss of the house, walks by the whale probably wishing it was food. One of Marlene's heart shaped trays are found in the bathroom and the other one inside the kitchen cabinet, I can't tell you what's written underneath, the heart in the kitchen, it's a note just for Rein. The tools of the trade like paint, brushes and clay are eye candy for me! Hence all the photos! It's all so pretty, so practical, so pottery! A house sit at Rein & Marlene's did for me what no museum or gallery could, showed me a love for pottery! Thank you Rein, Marlene, and Slim
Broadcast Journalist, Speaker and Author Victoria Gaither
With over 17 years of experience on television as a news anchor, reporter and producer, I enjoy traveling, telling stories, and experiencing life! Welcome to my world
Levin, New Zealand
American College students, Julia Adams from Carnegie Mellon University and Kayla Hollingsworth from Harvard University have said yes to an amazing opportunity to learn, study and be apart of a real working campaign in New Zealand through the Labour Party. On this day, International Connection Radio meet the students at Coffee & Politics an event taking place at Te Takere Library in Levin, New Zealand through Labour Party Candidate Rob McCann. Julia and Kayla are getting practical experience at McCann's office. The American students who would usually be on summer vacation home in the states decided to experience life abroad and hold this Coffee & Politics event. They both say because of New Zealand's country size, you get to practice real grassroots campaigning like they studied and read about in university. Kayla calls it an "intimate" relationship with constituents in New Zealand. "Making phone calls, going door to door, town hall meetings and just listening to what voters have to say" says Kayla. Some locals interested in American politics came out to hear what the students had to say and had questions of their own. As stated on McCann's email inviting locals “We are so excited to join the community of Otaki,” says Julia. “We came to New Zealand to experience a different political culture, and to learn how to best give voice to those typically not given one in a community. We hoped that by coming to New Zealand during an election year, we could bring the lessons we learn here and the stories we hear back to inform our own understanding of international and domestic politics, and how to be better public servants in our own communities.” Both students say not only have they fallen in love with New Zealand but the people and landscape are worth coming back to experience again. A big thank you to Labour member, Dave Hardman for informing ICRadio about this event.
From the High Tea to Celebrating 100 years of service the Womens Section at the Foxton RSA are always putting on the best events! June was a busy month as ladies and a gent dressed up for High Tea. All the china is donated for the event by a club member. Plus towards the end of the month, the ladies celebrated their service to the club and dressed in period costumes remembering days gone by. We always love taking pictures of the Womens Section and their happenings.
Dannevirke, New Zealand
Author and Broadcaster, Stu Frith, spent the morning of Tuesday, July 18th at the Dannevirke Library to talk about his cookbook Stu's Kitchen:taste bud testing. A local group came out to listen as Stu talked about why his cookbook was popular in America. Stu's Kitchen is a basic cookbook filled with New Zealand cuisine, gardening tips and color photos of his favorite dishes. Guest taste test Stu's jams, relishes and chutneys. It was a lovely morning and a well put on event by the staff at the Dannevirke Library.
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International Connection Radio welcomes Lisa Coppola! Lisa is from New York, USA, and will bring you her show 'Coping with Mondays' with Lisa Coppola. Never dread another Monday because she will help you get your day off to a great start with talk, advice and music. You can hear Lisa on Monday's 10 am, Tuesday's 4 am and Wednesday 6 pm online at www.icradio.online
Foxton, New Zealand
Foxton residents, kids and supporters came out to help with the Te Waiora Community Gardens. Organizer, Artists & Gardener, Wendy Hodder, came up with the idea to turn the piece of land into a community gardens and paint a mural on a corrugated iron fence. The week long project brought together kids who spent their school holiday painting, digging dirt and planting vegetables. Plus, the Foxton Te Awahou Woman Lions Club did some digging and painting tires. The Foxton Mens Lions Club cooked sausages on the grill and made sure tummies had enough to eat. It was fun community project! A few pictures from the event. Thank you all involved in this project! A week of learning and living!
Cookbook Author Stu Frith continues to spice it up in the kitchen with new autumn sauces and chutneys. Stu's sweet & hot chili sauce is causing a burning sensation and his quince jelly spread is sweetening up dishes! Ngaire's Tomato Relish is a chutney recipe gifted to Stu by Barbara Woodward of Palmerston North, it was Barbara's mother's recipe and while we can't tell you the ingredients it taste delicious. Thank you Barbara!