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Potters' Press 17 December 2021

Christmas party  |  Hours next week  |  New classes  |  Gas kiln  |  Vacancies  |  Holiday closure

6 ceramic Christmas decorations on top of a rustic wooden tabletop. A turquoise snowflake, two circular decorations: one with the words "Merry Christmas" and another reads "Tis the damn season", a heart and two purple snowflakes

Christmas party

We are holding our annual Christmas party next Tuesday at 5pm and would love to see our community there. Please bring a plate for sharing and a (preferably homemade) gift for the Secret Santa Swap. David is firing up the raku kiln outside so bring along some bisqueware to fire. If you can glaze in advance it will speed up the process.

My Vaccine Pass is in operation so please bring along your pass for scanning at the door.

Studio hours next week


  • Javier Murcia's Simplified Figure Sculpture Workshop in the main studio; 
  • drop-offs and pickups fine from glaze and bisque shelves only.


  • 10am-12.45pm - The last Open Studio session for 2021
  • 1-4pm - Private workshop


  • 10am-4pm - The last day for pick-ups.

Please collect all of your belongings and works-in-progress by 4pm on Wednesday 22nd December so we can clean the studio thoroughly over the holidays. There is still a lot of work on the bisque shelves dating back to August. Please pop in to pick it up as we can't guarantee being able to store any work that has been here prior to November.

New classes for 2022

We have most of our 2022 Term 1 classes online now and a couple more still to announce next week. Many spaces are already filled because we transferred quite a few bookings when Term 4 was cancelled. So, if you are thinking about doing a class, just know that the spaces might fill up quickly.

We have a children's class planned and ready to advertise if we can - we are just waiting to see what happens over the coming weeks with the vaccination situation first. If you want to be added to a waiting list, let us know.

In the meantime, have a look and see if any of the Term 1 classes take your fancy:

The gas kiln is back in action!

Flames emerging from the gas kiln

Gas firing

Good news! While we still haven't got our CO monitor back from servicing, we have managed to borrow one and the kiln has been fired up. If you had work in the gas kiln, you might want to pop in on Monday-Wednesday next week to see if it is out. There were some items that didn't make it in this time and are still on the shelves. 

Diploma Tutor/Coordinator Vacancy

Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 this year, our diploma students did an amazing job and we are so proud of how they performed in spite of the various lockdowns. Some have now completed, others continuing on with us next year. Central to the success of the diploma programme is a coordinator and tutor who guides the students through the curriculum with the support of some visiting tutors, ensuring each students gets the tuition they require. We are sad to say farewell to Alex who has done a superb job this year but has new adventures ahead.

We are seeking an experienced ceramics educator to take on the role of coordinator and primary tutor for the Diploma in Ceramics Arts (Levels 5 & 6) beginning in February 2022. The hours are around 6-10 hours every fortnight for 15 weeks of the year. Theory papers are taught online by Otago Polytechnic, so the teaching is focused on the practical studio aspects of the course.

You will be an experienced ceramic artist with a broad knowledge of techniques and a strong desire to share your skills and knowledge. Experience and knowledge of the New Zealand tertiary education system is preferred. 

Responsibilities include but not limited to, the following:

  • Organising and delivering the course content for the year to ensure each student gets the tuition they require
  • Liaison with Otago Polytechnic
  • Arranging suitable visiting tutors as necessary
  • Assist WSP Manager in advertising Diploma Course
  • Pastoral care of students
  • Any other duties as required to maintain Diploma within WSP
  • Communicating with prospective students about their study options
  • Organising and coordinating an annual exhibition for the students to build their confidence 

If you are interested in applying for the position please contact for further information.

Silicone Technician Opportunity – Peke Waihanga

Posting on behalf of a member. Not a ceramics vacancy but this might be of interest to someone with molding experience. 

Peke Waihanga leads the way in providing world-class prosthetic, orthotic and rehabilitation services across New Zealand. We are currently seeking a creative and self-motivated Silicone Technician who is keen to support the growth and success of our Silicone Studio! Please visit our website for more information and to apply.

Holiday closure

We are looking forward to a much-needed break. Here are the important dates.

  • Studio closes: 22 December 2021
  • Studio opens: 17 January 2022


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