Humble Houses for Habitat – Sept.4-21, 2019

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a collection of quirky illuminated sculptures by local artist Laura Elmore

Bidding open through Sept. 21st

Check them out in person at the Habitat Lehigh Valley ReStore in Whitehall!

Bid online at

or text humblehouses to 52182

These Humble Houses sculptures by Laura Elmore are up for auction from 9/4 – 9/21.

If you attended Toast to Hope last year, you likely spotted these quirky sculptures around the room. Now is your chance to own one!


  • ALL bidding will be done online at, where you will be able to find details and pictures of each house.
  • The bidding site 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 on 9/25. If you cannot pick up your item on the 25th, alternate arrangements can be made at the Habitat office in Allentown.
  • Houses will 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 from Sept. 4 – Sept. 21st online at

Information provided to TVL by:
Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley