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Potters' Press 24 September 2021

A letter from the President | Studio access next week | Reminder: Wood firing | Final dates 2021

A near final word from your President, Wendy Ball

I’m having a bitter- sweet moment in writing to tell you all that I have decided to step back from my role as President. The past 2 plus years has been a roller coaster ride in the Society and I feel proud to have been a part of a dynamic team that has pulled the Society through some pretty grim times what with financial pressures, COVID-19 and changes within the society.
I have work commitments that sometimes have precluded my full focus on this position…and I want to get back into my playing with clay hobby. I have found it a difficult split so have decided that the ‘youngsters’ need their time to shine.
The committee has just undertaken a strategic planning session (see our new vision, mission and values) to forge a path for the next year. The operational side of that will be ably undertaken by Sarah Wolf our manager and the staff that she guides in all the work of WSP.
One of the main focus points that came from the strategy planning meetings was the charitable aims of the society and I know this focus will continue forward into providing more access to those groups and people who are disadvantaged to enable them an opportunity to play with clay.
Classes, workshops, exhibitions are all bringing members who continue to enjoy these offerings.
The WSP under the guiding hand of Sarah Wolf has started to thrive in all directions; policies and procedures are now clearly defined to offer support to all members. The Diploma is also well managed and delivered by Alex Wilkinson who has brought this into line with the education providers guidelines.
Tess May has kindly and bravely accepted my nomination for the President’s role which the other committee members unanimously approved. Tess has the vision, passion and drive for this position, and I am excited for her and for the WSP.
Committee work is not just talk but all members of the Committee provide guidance and work hard to support the WSP – in other words it is not just token appointments – committee members are dedicated to assisting the overall success of the WSP.
I must give a special mention to our Treasurer/ Financial guru Sarah Lee – no fuss, but lots of work in keeping track of the finances, the rules and regs of this area – she is a superstar (and also fulltime worker, mother of twins).
Enough for now my final word will be at the Exhibition – so please bring forward those creations, enjoy some well deserved praise and enjoy the offerings of others.
Ngā mihi,

Studio access next week

Booking time in the main studio

Monday 27th September 2021 
Tuesday 28th September 2021 
Wednesday 29th September 2021 

Drop-off and pick-ups

Unfortunately, we aren't able to offer this service this weekend.
Next week, please feel free to pop in with your firing or to pick up your work outside of class time. See below for details. We have noticed that on some days there is a rush between 12.30 and 1pm. If you aren't under time constraints and can avoid that half-hour period, it helps us enormously to manage safe distancing.

  • Monday 10am-4pm
  • Tuesday 1-4pm
  • Wednesday 10am-4pm

If you can't make any of those times, give us a call to see if we can arrange an alternative.

Glazing appointments can be arranged. Please contact Stephen by email or call 07 838 1950

Reminder: Woodfiring

We still have some spaces on the upcoming woodfiring on 1-3 October. This is likely to be your last chance to get a large batch of work through the wood fired kiln in 2021

Find out more or book a spot...

Summer holiday closure and final firing dates 2021

2 December - Christmas party (Time to be confirmed)
13 December - Last firing drop-off
22 December - Studio closes for holidays
17 January 2022 - Studio opens


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