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Just a short newsletter this week

Kia ora pottery people! It’s been another hot one this week, we’ve been spraying the wet cupboards to keep the work in progress from drying out, and racing to get the recycled clay processed before it gets too hard! It’s also been fab seeing all the new faces and creations in the Term 1 classes.

Just a short newsletter this week – check it out below…

Meet the Crew Mondays …on a Friday

This week we’re meeting Larissa Milsum! Who we imagine won’t need any introduction at all! Larissa’s previous role as Co-Manager at WSP has meant that pretty much all of you will have had the pleasure of talking with her at some point.

Larissa is now one of our Artists in Residence, and with her wealth of knowledge in how the studio runs, she is great at keeping all the pieces of the cog moving here. From glaze making and maintenance, to clay recycling, to studio maintenance, kiln loading, firing the gas kiln, not to mention answering the many questions from the newbie management team! It’s also not uncommon to see Larissa wielding the power tools to keep our studio in working order.

Larissa was drawn to potting through artist friends and started working at a production pottery studio around 3 years ago. Following that Larissa did one year of the Diploma in Ceramics here at WSP and then took up the role of Studio Assistant, progressing to Co-Manager. Now Larissa is concentrating on making her own work and enjoys making her signature plinths and shelves.

Outside of the studio, Larissa enjoys baking cakes to put on her plinths and gardening. Give her a cheeky hello next time you’re in the studio :-)

Studio Schedule

Next week’s schedule is below – please note the studio is closed on Tuesday afternoons for the next 6 weeks for a private class, but pick-ups and drop-offs and drop-ins for cups of tea are still most welcome! As always, check the online calendar before you come.

Saturday 17th Feb
10am – 1pm – Play with Clay

Sunday 18th Feb
10am – 1pm – Class, Wheel Throwing Taster

Monday 19th Feb
9.30am – 12.30pm – Class, Beginner Wheel Throwing
1pm – 4pm – Members’ Open Studio
6pm – 9pm – Class, Wheel Throwing

Tuesday 20th Feb
9.30am – 12.30pm - Members’ Open Studio
1pm – 4pm – STUDIO CLOSED for a private class
6pm – 9pm – Play with Clay

Wednesday 21st Feb
9.30am – 12.30pm – Play with Clay
1pm – 4pm - Members’ Open Studio
6pm – 9pm – Class, Wheel Throwing

Thursday 22nd Feb
9.30am – 12.30pm – Class, Animal Sculpture
1pm – 4pm – Members’ Open Studio
6pm – 9pm – Class, Hand Building

Friday 23rd Feb
9.30am – 4pm - Members’ Open Studio
6pm – 9pm – Class, Intro to Pottery

Saturday 24th Feb
9.30 – 2.30pm – Raku Club Firing
10am – 1pm – Play with Clay

Raku Club

A reminder that the first Raku Club Firing of the year will be taking place on Saturday the 24th from 9.30am. Sign up on Events Pronto if you’re keen. If you’re not sure what Raku is, or if you want to do it, come along to Play with Clay and watch the action!

Ka kite anō au i a katou


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