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Potters' Press 13 May 2022

Important dates for your diary  |  Studio updates - new class, clay stocks  |  Equipment available  |  Clear As Mud 2022

Dates not to miss

16 May - Deadline for submission of entry forms for 50th Annual Exhibition of the Waikato Society of Potters - complete online or download PDF 

20 May - Deadline for WSP Committee nominations - download form

24 May - Annual General Meeting of the Waikato Society of Potters

25 May - Delivery of works to ArtsPost for Annual Exhibition 10am-12pm (or to WSP 23/24 May but space is tight so preference is direct to ArtsPost if you can)

26 May - 5.30pm Opening Preview of the Annual Exhibition at ArtsPost- if you can bring a plate, please let me know

27 May - Annual Exhibition opens and runs until 27 June.

Studio updates

  • Kiln 3 is back in action. The thermocouple finally arrived after a rather lengthy courier journey. Thanks to David Kenny for installing it. 
  • June Phoenix Woodfiring is now fully booked. Because a few firings were cancelled last year due to COVID-19 level restrictions, a lot of the places were already filled before it was advertised. If you are keen, join the waiting list via the EventsPronto listing. We will try to arrange another as soon as possible for any who miss out this time.
  • Term 2 classes are underway now. If you missed out on a space in a class, we are now accepting bookings for the second Friday night 4-week Introduction to Pottery Class with David Kenny, beginning on 10 June. Book now...
  • We still have some places left on the Throwing Big workshop with Alex Wilkinson on 25th June. If you have mastered small to medium sized throwing and are ready for a new challenge, check it out...
  • We have heaps of clay at the moment, including a large Primo Clay delivery recently. This stock includes a new batch of PW20. We've had a few people test out the new recipe with good feedback. We are also opening sales to non-members and our commercial members too now as the supply seems to be under control again. If there is a specific Primo Clay we don't have in stock, let us know if you want us to get some in the next order.
  • We also have some of the new Macs Mud Northern Redstone in the stores. It looks lovely. It's recommended for both the electric kiln at Cone 6 and the Phoenix wood firing kiln. However, be cautious around gas firing as a slow controlled cooling is recommended. We will be testing it out in the gas kiln at WSP, but until we do, wouldn't recommend using it there. We have some smaller amounts for sale if you don't want to go with a 20kg bag.

Equipment seeking a new home

Ken Atkins has been in touch regarding some pottery equipment that belonged to his late mother, Phyllis Atkins. He is hoping to find a potter who can make use of everything. The photos show a little of the kiln, spare elements and wheel but I understand there are also glaze materials. He is based in Taranaki. If you are interested in contacting Ken, please contact Sarah for contact details.

Clear As Mud 2022

The Clear as Mud Show 2022 is now open for submissions.

The show promotes potters throughout New Zealand and promotes the visual arts. They invite all levels of potter from novice to professional to showcase and sell their work.

Deadline for applications:  Friday, September 30th, 2022 or until at capacity, whichever comes first! 

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