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Mānawatia a Matariki, WSP Exhibition 2023, studio maintenance and reopening

Mānawatia a Matariki

The studio will be closed tomorrow to celebrate Matariki.

Matariki is a time of reflection, celebration and preparation, although it has only just registered that our studio maintenance closure was timed perfectly.

While cleaning and decluttering, we have come across boxes of old memorabilia including the sales book from the 1st Waikato Society of Potters members' exhibition in 1973. Here we are planning the 51st! In the coming months, we will, look through these boxes and share some of the memories of potters from years past with you.

Welcome back - almost!

We have had a busy week in the studio despite the main studio doors being closed. With the help of Sandra, Libby, Emma and Margaret (who is back in town!) we have decluttered, cleaned, shifted furniture and ceramics, taken surplus items to the op shop, taken detritus to the dump and painted the mezzanine floor. Stephen also helped out in the kiln room. Thank you to this team of fabulous volunteers and of course, Larri who never misses an opportunity to get things done.

After a few more days of drying, the mezzanine studio space should be ready to welcome artists back in.

The 51st Annual Exhibition of the Waikato Society of Potters

Turn the Tables by Diane Parker - the winner of the 2022 WSP Premier Award

Turn the Tables by Diane Parker - the winner of the 2022 WSP Premier Award

A reminder that our annual members exhibition is approaching in August and the entry forms are now ready. Judging this year will be by John Parker. The exhibition is made possible by our generous funders and sponsors including Macs Mud Clay Company, CCG, Catherine Vowles, Yasmin and Mark Davis, and Jenni Taris. More information including terms & conditions, and entry forms are now available on our website. The deadline for entries is 8 August.

Play with Clay Saturday

10am-1pm - Play with Clay is back. If you are keen to get back to clay after a week without the studio, Teresa will be here volunteering on Saturday morning. There's no need to book but numbers are unpredictable so we recommend coming early.

Te Wheiao - Exhibition opening

Our friend David Austin is opening an exhibition alongside artist Kiriana O'Connell at Public Record, 76 Ponsonby Road in Auckland this weekend. The exhibition opens this evening and I imagine it won't disappoint, if you can get to it.


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