In April this year to commemorate 100 years since the ANZAC Gallipoli landing, CCPS became involved in making 100 ceramic poppies for the Gosford Poppy Project, which was initiated by Gosford City Council.
The red poppy is a symbol of the Gallipoli battlefields and poppies were made in fabric, yarn and clay and hundreds were installed in Gosford Rotary Park for the week surrounding Anzac Day and made an impressive display.
We had three days of making poppies and it pulled in a wide range of members some of whom I had not met before. The Poppy Project gave us an opportunity to work as a team on one project and were fun, creative occasions filled with chatter.
Thank you to the members who rolled and cut the clay, the members who assembled the poppies, the members who glazed and stacked the kilns. Thanks to those who fired and unpacked the kilns and those who drilled and glued in the stems. Then came the delivery and later the collection of the poppies. Quite a team effort, and yes it was definitely worth it!
Some of the poppies with now be donated to Gosford City Council for future tributes to the soldiers of World War 1, some will be donated to the Central Coast interactive War Museum and be on permanent display, and a small number will go to Keanes who generously donated the clay for the Poppy Project.
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