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Humble Houses For Humanity

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY will auction off these humble houses by Laura Elmore!


ALL bidding will be done online at, where you will be able to find details and pictures of each house starting September 4th.

The bidding site is open now and will close at 6:00 pm on September 21st. At that time, all winners will be automatically notified. Houses will be available for pick-up at the Habitat ReStore the following week.

Houses will also be displayed at the Habitat Lehigh Valley ReStore throughout the bidding period, but all bids must be submitted online or using your mobile device. Bidding instructions will be located at each and every display.


Humble Houses for Habitat were made as centerpieces for Habitat Lehigh Valley’s 2018 Toast to Hope event. Each of the homes come from the artist’s imagination depicting memories of dilapidated smoke houses, barns, and homes and whimsical representations of dwellings.

Each piece was fired in an electric kiln, painted with glazes, stains and oxides, and fired outside in a makeshift kiln to 1800 degrees. Glowing red hot, each piece was carefully transferred to a mental container of combustible materials and smoked until cooked. This reduction in oxygen produced chemical reactions which resulted in crackled glazes, metallic finishes, and earthy smoky hues. It is Laura’s hope that this small auction raises awareness for the need to build homes and help those in our community who dream of their own place to call home.


Laura Lavit Elmore emerged as an artist when she was 12 and won her first competition for a watercolor of Old Penn’s Store near her home in rural Kentucky. Her painting developed and was fostered by artist Judy Apple of Georgetown, KY. As an adult, her curiosity and interests led her to study printmaking, paper making, and sculpture. She used these skills teaching children at the Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington, KY, as an Artist in Residence in Eastern Kentucky, and at nursing homes.

In recent years, Laura studied clay at the Baum School of Art in Allentown, PA under the auspices of Renzo Faggioli. Her work has evolved in an expressionistic manner in which she strives to depict subjective emotions and responses to people and objects. Laura currently works out of her home studio in the Lehigh Valley and exhibits frequently with the Lehigh Art Alliance as well as other group shows in the Valley. Her art can be found at community events for her favorite charities.

Bid now through Sept. 21st online at

Questions? Contact Jessie at


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