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Potters' Press 12 November 2021

WSP member work out of the glaze kiln

A ceramic house with a red door and two spheres dotted with holes sit on a blue shelf

Next week in the studio

We are eagerly awaiting Monday's COVID-19 press conference hoping it will bring some good news about our whether we can invite students and members back in to the studio. If there is no change, it will be the usual Level 3.2 with contactless sales as well as drop-offs and pick-ups 10am-2pm. 

Mold making demonstration and meet-up

Tuesday evenings are awesome these days, despite Level 3.2. Next week's demo comes from Yasmin who will be showing us how to use molds to shape clay. It's at 7pm. If you want to join the session RSVP to and you'll receive a link to join on the day.

Help us brighten up our shelves and kitchen

Our hall and kitchen shelves look worse for wear. The paintwork is patchy and mismatched. We would love to tidy up the kitchen and hallway with a lick of paint. We've had the collection out of the cabinets in order to photograph it all so we can create a permanent archive. Now that it's out, we'll take the opportunity to clean up the cabinets. We have a small amount of white paint that we will use for that. Going forward, we would love to paint all the shelves, and maybe even the kitchen too. As paint is so expensive, we wondered if people might have the odd half-used can of white paint left over from a project that could go to this cause. If so, we could happily put it to good use and would be ever so grateful.

Join the WSP committee

We have a number of vacancies on our committee and are seeking nominations from our wider membership. The position of Secretary is currently available, as are a number of general committee roles.

The Committee of the Waikato Society of Potters provides governance for the society by establishing a strategic plan, taking into account the large number of diverse and creative personalities who come together in this space to create, socialise and enjoy the facilities.
Secretary: Support of the Committee and President:
  • Maintain minutes and arrange monthly meetings
  • Publish minutes appropriately
  • Support president in any/all above
Additional information about the committee responsibilities, roles and code of conduct are available on our About page. Please email for a nomination form.

Reminder: new December date for Simplified figure sculpture with Javier Murcia workshop

Javier's workshop could not be held during the October Labour weekend since we were locked down. Now we have a pre-holiday treat to announce. All going well, we will be holding his simplified figure sculpture workshop on 18-20 December. We are hoping the December date will mean we are more likely to be open and running again. Some people had to cancel their spots because rescheduling doesn't work for them, so if you are interested in reserving a place, please email Sarah ( if you are interested in reserving a spot. You can check out Javier's outstanding work at and

Tickets for the 3 day weekend workshop are $600 for members, $650 for non-members and this includes clay and hire of stands.

Out and about

Forged in Fire

Te Awamutu Museum until 23rd December
This exhibition is a collection of images and information about the inspiring process representing the collective passion for wood-fired pottery. Bringing together artists and their skills to create, maintain and fire a unique anagama kiln located in Roto-o-rangi. Curated by Trish Seddon.

Stories in the Landscape

The Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum until 27 February 2022
Artists to tell the whole story of their sculpture, including the origin of the materials they use, like the rock they carve from or the metal they weld together and the context of where their finished work can be placed in a landscape.


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