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Potters' Press 25 February 2022

A new team member  |  Membership survey  |  Introducing Connected Clay Club  |  Raku information session and club firing  |  Lost & found  |  Studio sessions and diploma days  |  A job for potters

A woman wearing a dark blue hat stands below a tree, she holds a cup in her hand and has a broad smile on her face. Text on the image reads "Introducing Larry"

Welcome to Larry!

We are thrilled to welcome Larissa (Larry) to our team this week. Actually, Larry began recently as an artist-in-residence helping out on Wednesdays so you may already have had the pleasure of meeting her. This week, Larry began job-sharing with Stephen in the Studio Assistant role. Stephen's main days will be Monday-Wednesday and Larry will mostly be working it that role on Thursdays and Fridays. 

Aside from being a warm and approachable person, Larry has heaps of creative skills. She has worked at Tony Sly Pottery, is part-way through her Diploma in Ceramic Arts, is taking a break from study, and is a painter with an Arts degree from Waikato University.

Please say hello when you see her in the studio.

WSP Membership & Visitor Survey

It's been a crazy couple of years and we are keen to check in with you to check we're doing things right!  To do that, we'd love to hear about what you enjoy most about the society and what you might think is missing. We would be grateful if you could take just a few minutes out of your day to tell us how to meet your needs by completing a short survey.

Connected Clay Club

Connected Clay Club is an online session for WSP members to participate and learn from each other. The idea arose from the online demo and social sessions we held during lockdown and also because in these times, some people are understandably hesitant to spend much time physically around too many people. Our President, Tess May, is introducing these new sessions:

Tena koe clay whanau. I am this year’s president for the Waikato Society of Potters (WSP) Therese May, known as Tess.

I would like to invite you to join us online for a series of interactive sessions offering members the opportunity to share ideas, their current work and learn more about clay from each other; for beginner to experienced clay workers. A special invitation goes out to experienced potters to share their knowledge and expertise with clay in these sessions.

A link will be sent out on the Tuesday before the second Thursday night of the month, to come together at 7pm. If you would l like to participate or present, please contact our manager Sarah at who will forward your messages on to me. I will get back to you.

Join the club and connect with others who love clay. 

Raku Club and Information Session

1st Raku night of 2022 is coming up on March 8th.This is a fun style of firing which originates from Japan. If you have not done raku before, come along to our information session 6 - 6:30pm Tuesday 1st March. David will guide you through what are good clays to use and what works.This is a members event. Book your spot at

Diploma days and studio days

The Diploma course got underway again today and we are thrilled to see the students in the studio.

This year the schedule has changed and the diploma studio teaching days are every second Friday. Fridays when there is no diploma teaching, you will be able to attend open studio sessions (pre-booked).

Next Monday morning, a new 6-week beginner wheel throwing class is being added to the schedule. We are pleased to have a new tutor joining us, Sarah Steed. There are still some spaces on the class so if you are keen to learn to wheel throw and Sundays don't suit, but Term 2 is just too far away, hop on and book your wheel spot. This of course means no open studio in the morning next Monday, but the afternoon is fine.

Open studio is on tomorrow morning 10am-1pm, and next week Monday-Wednesday afternoons and all day Friday. Play with Clay is on Wednesday afternoon. Booking is required: 

Please note, Open Studio is not a teaching session, there is no tutor support in terms of teaching making/glazing techniques. Staff are generally very busy. While the odd pointer is possible, please join a class if you need to learn new techniques. Play with Clay has volunteer support for those who wish to have a go or learn a few very basic techniques, but again, for deeper skills, please join a class or arrange a private lesson.

Lost and found

Have you lost some jewelry in the studio in the last few weeks? A couple of rings have been found in the studio. Please get in touch with Sarah ( with a description so we can try to locate the owners.

Tony Sly seeking platter maker

Tony Sly Pottery is seeking an additional potter in Raglan to work alongside Tony Sly making platters for our storefronts & online. 

They are interested in focused artisans who have a passion of working with clay, whether they are experienced or not. If you know of anyone within your clay circle who may be interested they would love to hear from them via email or phone call. The position is 40 hours a week, working one weekend day. or 07 825 0370

Don't forget the survey

If you didn't complete the survey before reaching the end of this page, please please please quickly do it now. It'll only take a few minutes: complete a short survey.


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