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Kia ora clay-friends

After another week of working in the coolest club on the plant, your clay-crew have got even more events and classes ready for you to get your good selves all up in. Check out the latest below!

The Mighty Waikato Pottery Throwdown – sponsored by CCG

With more clout than Clay Gulgong and more prestige than Portage, the most hotly contested pottery event of the year is just around the corner! It’s the WSP’s own Mighty Waikato Pottery Throwdown. Kicking off at 10am on Saturday the 6th of July, this event is fun, frivolous, FREE, and open to all WSP members.

We’ve got a bumper crop of competitions for you to participate in, so there’s something for people of all ages and abilities, using all techniques. And this year we’re sponsored by CCG who have provided some sweet wee prizes, so get your game on and get into it!

Here’s the range of events that will be happening on the day, join in as many or as few as you’d like:

  • Tallest structure – an individual hand-building challenge, build the tallest piece you can in 10 minutes with your allocated piece of clay.

  • Blindfolded Hand building – no limits, other than you can’t see what you’re doing. You have 10 minutes to build anything you’d like.

  • Tiniest teapot – how small can you make a teapot? Can you make it functional? Can you win a prize for your tiny, functional teapot?

  • The Two Person Throw – two people, using one hand each, making a pot together. Will it end in triumph or trantrum?

  • The Blindfolded Throw – you get to use all your hands, but you can’t see what they’re doing. Have a go at throwing a pot to the same size and shape as the demo piece.

  • The Transformation Challenge – take a pre-thrown bowl and have at it, get as creative as you please and transform it into your own masterpiece.

  • The Clay Bouquet – make a pottery posy, pretty as a picture.

  • The two person handle pull – how many potters does it take to pull a handle? In this instance, two!

  • The Throwing and Hand Building Mash-up – Hand builders grab your wheel thrower, wheel-throwers grab your hand builder. One of you will throw a pot, the other will alter and decorate it.

  • The Scariest Thing – get wild, get dark and give the judge nightmares.

  • The Tag Team Bonkers Build – it’s all hands on the clay for the team collab challenge. Choose your starting team member, then pass the build onto the next person in the team to add their creative flair. The catch is you only get 2 minutes each.

Eternal glory awaits! As does a shared kai – please bring a plate to share, if you are able to.

With huge thanks to pottery supply company CCG for supplying prizes for the day, and to local potter and legend, Janet Smith, who will be judging all your crazy and clever creations.

Members’ Meet, Greet and Eat with Greg Barron

Janet Smith hosts an evening for WSP Members
Saturday 13th of July, 5.30pm - 9pm
The Woolshed Pottery, 37 Kairangi Road, Roto-o-rangi, Cambridge

Greg Barron and Janet Smith warmly invite you to an evening with Greg – a potluck dinner at Janet's studio: The Woolshed Pottery. It has a kitchen, toilets, pizza oven etc so come along and enjoy a casual conversation with Greg Barron – one of New Zealand's Master Potters.

Please bring a dish to be shared and your own drink. Water and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. There'll be a raffle too so bring along a few gold coins.

No charge, but please register your interest here so we can have an indication of numbers.

Term 3 Classes

The term 3 class schedule is up online now. We’ve got a new jewellery making class on offer and a few schedule changes. Take a look below, or check them all out on our class bookings page.

Monday Morning Beginner Wheel Throwing Class, with Sarah Steed
9.30am – 12.30pm, 8 weeks, starting Monday 22nd July
Suitable for beginner potters or those who have done a wheel throwing taster and wish to develop a little further.
More info.

Monday Afternoon Ceramic Jewellery, with Sarah Steed – NEW CLASS
1pm – 4pm, 8 weeks, starting Monday 22nd of July
Suitable for all levels. In this class you will explore:

  • rolling and cutting coils and slabs

  • design and shape

  • texture and pattern

  • earrings, pendants, beads and rings

  • glazing and working with bead racks

  • attachments

A range of clays and stains are included in the cost, but firing is extra.
More info.

Monday Evening Hand Building, with Larissa Milsum – CHANGE OF DAY
6pm – 9pm, 8 weeks, starting Monday 22nd of July
Suitable for beginners and returning students.
More info.

Wednesday Evening Wheel Throwing and Decorating, with Yasmin Davis
6pm – 9pm, 8 weeks, starting Wednesday 24th of July
This class is for those wanting to take your new wheel-throwing skills a bit further, and explore the possibilities of altering your forms and adding surface decoration.
More info.

Thursday Morning Sculpture Skills, with Emily Eales
9.30am – 12.30pm, 8 weeks, starting Thursday 25th July
Suitable for recent beginners and returning students who know the basics of hand building.
More info.

Thursday Evening Wheel Throwing for All, with Brogan Houghton – CHANGE OF DAY
6pm – 9pm, 8 weeks, starting Thursday 25th July
Suitable for beginners or those who have done a taster class and want to develop their throwing skills a little further.
More info.

Friday Evening Introduction to Pottery, with David Kenny
6pm – 9pm, 4 weeks, starting Friday 26th July
Suitable for beginners.
More info.

Sunday Morning Wheel Throwing Taster Class, with Sarah Steed
10am – 1pm, 4 weeks, starting Sunday 28th July
Nau mai haere mai total beginners for a 4-week wheel throwing class.
More info.

Reminders of upcoming events

Raku Club – Tuesday 2nd July
The next raku firing is set for 6pm on the 2nd of July.
Sign up online.

School Holiday Pottery Full Day Programme
For children 7-14 years
Tuesday 9th July, 9am - 3pm OR Monday 15th July, 9am - 3pm

School Holiday Pottery Programme - Paint-a-Pot
For children 7-14 years
Thursday 11th July, 10.30am – 12pm
More info.

School Holiday Pottery Programme - Adventures on the Wheel
For children 7-14 years
Thursday 11th July, 1pm – 3.30pm
More info.

Kiln loading and license
Monday 1st July, 6pm - 8pm
More info.

Clay recycling - save money, save the environment!
Monday 8th July, 6pm - 9pm
More info.

Phoenix Wood Firing with Greg Barron
Saturday 3 August
: Prep day: organize wood, prep props, shelves, wadding etc
Saturday 10 August: wadding and loading pots into kiln
Sunday 11 August: firing kiln
Saturday 17 August: unloading kiln
More info.

Amazing Abstract Artifacts – Abstract Sculptural Forms with Sylvia Sinel - ONLY 1 PLACE LEFT
Saturday 14th September, 10am – 4pm
More info.

Studio Schedule

Here’s what’s happening next week… Check the online calendar though, just in case.

Saturday 22nd of June
CLOSED for Personal Pou: a Matariki Themed Workshop with Dave Austin

Sunday 23rd of June
All Day, Phoenix unloading
10am – 1pm, Class – Wheel Throwing
2pm – 4pm, Private Booking

Monday 24th of June
9.30am – 12.30pm, Class – Wheel Throwing
1pm – 4pm, Members’ Open Studio
6pm – 9pm, Class – Wheel Throwing

Tuesday 25th of June
9.30am – 1pm, CLOSED for School Booking
1pm – 4pm, Members’ Open Studio
6pm – 9pm, Play with Clay – Thank you Margaret, Trudie and John!

Wednesday 26th of June
9.30am – 12.30pm, Play with Clay – Thanks Yasmin and Larissa!
1pm – 4pm, Members’ Open Studio
6pm – 9pm, Class – Glazing

Thursday 27th of June
9.30am –4pm, Members’ Open Studio

Friday 28th of June
CLOSED for Matariki Public Holiday

Saturday 29th of June
10am – 1pm, Play with Clay - thanks Tim and Lydia!

See you all soon x


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