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Potters Press 21 January 2022

Diary dates | New Diploma Tutor-coordinator | New surface decoration class | Weekend Waiclay events | Studio updates

2022 Events for your calendar

We have some exciting events coming up at Waikato Society of Potters. Save the dates in your diaries now.

11 February: Diploma Students exhibition at ArtsPost
19 March: Open Day (with members market)
27 May-27 June: WSP Annual Exhibition (opening night 26 May)
20 August: WSP Great Pottery Throwdown

More information is to come but, a heads up on a market opportunity. We will be arranging a space for our members to sell some work at our upcoming Open Day. Get busy making now so you have some work to sell to visitors.

We will be hosting a fun social event in winter - our very own Great Pottery Throwdown. Start practicing your wheel skills and compete against your fellow students. There will be heats for all levels of experience!

New Diploma Tutor-Coordinator

We are thrilled to announce that Yasmin Davis is taking on the role of the Coordinator and Primary Tutor for the Diploma in Ceramic Arts at Waikato Society of Potters. 

Most of you know Yasmin who has a long history at the society including being a long-standing member, wonderful tutor with a broad skillset, committee member, previous artist-in-resident and all-round good egg with a generous heart. We are honoured to have her on board.

Yasmin is heading off on holiday but will be back at the start of February so if you want to chat to her about the diploma being right for you, get in touch with us.

A new class about surface decoration techniques

We have a new class on Thursday mornings that's a little different to our usual lessons. Most of our classes focus on making, whether that be hand-building or wheel throwing. This new class is an 8 week journey into surface decoration techniques led by Yasmin Davis. There will be a little making, so you have something to decorate, so beginners are still going to learn the basics. However, the focus is on decorating and more experienced potters will also benefit. Check out the class listing for more information or to book a spot. 

Things to do this weekend

It's Friday and some of us are ending the week celebrating ceramics with Waiclay.

Tonight, the Waiclay National Ceramic Awards and exhibition open at the Waikato Museum. The exhibition will be open to everyone tomorrow and run until 10th April. It is a great opportunity to see work by talented ceramic artists so please don't miss the exhibition while it is on.

Waiclay have a number of other events happening this weekend and they would love it if you joined them:

Walk and Talk with John Parker

On Saturday 22nd January from 10am - to midday with John Parker and hopefully Prue via Zoom - this is great for students to attend as often the exhibiting potter is there to speak to their work and also more information form John and Prue.

Gee Wizz Exhibition

Also on 22nd January the Gee Wizz Exhibition (an exhibition of the unselected work) at David Lloyd gallery, 78 Lake Crescent - Hamilton. This will open at 2pm - 4pm on Saturday the 22nd January and open again on Sunday 23rd of January from 11am to 4pm 

Next week at the studio

There is no Open Studio tomorrow morning as we have a hens party booked in.

Next week we have member's Open Studio all week. You will need to book a spot but as it is still holidays, there are heaps of available spaces. There is no need to book in for drop offs/pickups, just drop in. If you haven't got a vaccine pass, give us a call to arrange a contactless drop off.

For those members who can't come during office hours, we'll be open next Tuesday evening.

We don't have a tutor here next Wednesday, so the morning session will be untutored.

Book your studio time now...


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