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Glaze updates, The Mighty Throwdown + Support our Hawkes Bay Friends

Glaze Updates

  • You will notice a new clear glaze (photos above) which is out in full force after many tests.

  • Ongoing supply issues with raw glaze materials means that our cone 6 glazes will vary in appearance and availability for the foreseeable future. This could mean some new additions. We will update you with regular test tiles.

  • We have some Abbott's glazes that have been donated and are available for members to use for a limited time. We would love for everyone to try these out, so please be considerate.

Underglaze Example

This is an example of what happens when you apply underglaze too thick underneath clear glaze. The arrows are pointing to the thickly applied underglaze which creates air bubbles when fired.  

Throwdown Happening Tomorrow! 

We are preparing for the Mighty Waikato Pottery Throwdown āpōpō /tomorrow afternoon. If you are a member, and you're thinking of coming, we would love to see you! Clay will be provided! If you'd like to have anything fired that you make on the day, the firing charges will be covered for this as well.  
Date + time: Saturday 25th of Feb at 2-5pm. 

Support Hawkes Bay Ceramic Artist John Gisborne

Our thoughts are with friend and fellow potter John Gisborne whose studio and home have been ruined by the flooding in Hawkes Bay. For those of you who don't know John, he is a generous and passionate potter who has been a part of the Waiohiki Arts Village for 20 years and apart of the NZ pottery community for decades. I will attach a givealittle link created for John here, and you can take a read for yourself.

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Help Taradale Pottery Club and Waiohiki Arts Village and its residents recover from Cyclone Gabrielle

We’d also like to show our support for our friends over at the Taradale Pottery Club in Hawkes Bay whose studio, wheels and kilns have been destroyed due to flooding. If you'd like to support the club please click here. If you know of anyone selling an electric or gas kiln, I believe this is of interest too. Please visit

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