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Upcoming exhibitions + what's on at WSP

Seeking sponsor for our Waikato Society of Potters 2023 annual exhibition

Our annual exhibition is approaching with the opening scheduled for 17th August. Unfortunately, one of our major sponsors has changed how they will be supporting clubs so we have lost two of our major awards this year. If you or your business would like to sponsor an award at our exhibition, please get in touch. It is a wonderful exhibition that is a notable event in the Waikato ceramics calendar, showing a wide range of skills and talent amongst our community. 

What's on at WSP?

Today: Diploma Day only, no drop-offs or pick-ups, or other studio access.

Saturday 12 May: 10am-1pm Play With Clay (no booking required).

26-28 May: Woodfiring with Ginny Lane (sold out). The studio will be closed on Friday 26th May as both Diploma students and the woodfire group will be in and using the glaze room so it will be crowded.

We have a couple of new workshops to announce and another Introduction to Pottery class beginning soon. There are also still spaces available on the upcoming children's class and Javier Murcia's workshops. Follow the links for more information or to book:

15 May-12 June: Monday after school children's class
2-23 June: Friday evening Introduction to Pottery class
10 June: Jewellery Making with Porcelain
25 June: Watercolours on Pottery
1-2 July: Head Studies with Javier Murcia
8-9 July: Simplified Figure Studies with Javier Murcia

"Paintings and Sculpture" exhibition at Blue Gallery

Opens Saturday 20 May 2023, 1-3pm
Runs until 10 June 2023; Wed-Sat 11.30am-3pm
Blue Gallery, Anzac Parade

Sylvia Sinel's sculptures will be part of an exhibition along with paintings by The Monday Group. 

Sylvia is a Hamilton based ceramic artist. Her art practice spans over thirty years and besides clay, painting has always been a big part of it. During the Covid lockdown Sylvia started exploring ways of incorporating painting on form. Some of these works are part of this exhibition as well as some sculptural pieces, most of them finalists in various award exhibitions.

2022 Sylvia was a finalist in the Portage Ceramic Awards, New Zealand's premier showcase of contemporary ceramic practices. Her work is found in many private collections world wide.

New Zealand Society of Potters Exhibition Catalogues

Image of a catalogue cover with illustrations of pots jugs in red, brown and orange tones. The text on the cover reads "SHAPED BY HAND: 1959-2009 NZ Potters Inc."

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū have been digitizing the annual exhibition catalogues of the New Zealand Society of Potters. A few are still missing from the collection so they are hoping potters can help them locate the catalogues listed below:

  • 6, Palmerston North, 1962

  • 7, Dunedin, 1963

  • 24, Auckland, 1982

  • 39, Auckland, 1997 or 1998

  • 43, Auckland, 2001

  • 46, Invercargill, 2005

If you have any of these in your own collections and are happy to lend them for scanning and an appearance online, please contact Tim Jones DDI: +64 3 941 7394

The catalogues can be viewed online at

2023 "Connections" Art Competition accepting entries

Arts for Health Community Trust 2023 “Connections” Art Competition
7th July – 13th August 2023

at Artspost, 120 Victoria Street, Hamilton

This is our neighbour, Arts for Health Trust's annual art competition and exhibition, their major fundraising event of the year. Entries help to support local artists to access the arts in Hamilton.

The prize money of $1,000 for the winning entry is the purchase price of the artwork and becomes part of the Arts for Health Community Trust Art Collection. Entries are being accepted until Friday 30th June 2023. Read more about how to enter...

Clear as Mud date announced

Clear as Mud have announced the dates for their 2023 exhibition to be opened during Labour weekend: 20th October to 23rd October at Waihi Museum. Entry forms will be distributed in July.


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