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Potters' Press 23 July 2022 - Matariki weekend

Weekend closures |  Weekend Workshop spot  |  Volunteers needed on Tuesday  |  Meet the Committee  |  Term 3 Classes  |  Gas Kiln and Slab roller for sale  |  Quarry Ceramics Awards  |  ART LIFE Exhibition

Matariki weekend at the studio

Studio operations are a little different over the next couple of days:

Friday 24 June: Closed
Saturday 25 June: Workshop all day - sorry, there will be no PWC, drop-offs or pickups.

Due to unfortunate circumstances, we have had a last-minute cancellation for the Saturday Throwing Big/Advanced Throwing workshop with Alex Wilkinson of Mystery Creek Ceramics. If you would like to nab that lucky last place, hop online and book...

Friday evening class will resume on 1 July. Sunday morning class is as planned this weekend. 

Throw Big/Advanced Throwing - pot by Alex Wilkinson

Throw Big/Advanced Throwing - pot by Alex Wilkinson

Meet the Committee

Each month, one of our hard-working committee members is going to introduce themselves in a newspost. This group of dedicated volunteers meet every month to help steer our club along. They have a governance role, decide the strategic plan, oversee the financials, and provide enormous support to the operations staff. In between meetings, they are often helping out in other voluntary capacities, whether that be at Play With Clay, helping to plan events, loading the odd kiln and generally just being awesome. Since some of you may not know them, we're going to be sharing a little about them throughout the next year. First up is our wonderful President, Therese (Tess) May:

Tena koutou katoa, 

Ko Cootha te maunga, Ko Brisbane te awa, Ko Ahitereiria iwi, Ko May toku whanau, Ko Therese (Tess) ahau, Nga mihi nui ki a koutou! I am the president of the Waikato Society of Potters. I have been a Member of the Waikato Society of Potters since 2015 and tutor of ceramics since 2016. I studied as a ceramic artist at the Queensland College of Art. I then worked as a production thrower for Montville Pottery, Queensland, Petruccelli Ceramics and Robert Gordon Pottery Victoria for almost 10 years. I have lived in New Zealand since 2005. I am a qualified teacher and work at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, the Correspondence school in Hamilton. I enjoy sharing my passion for clay with others.

Nga mihi Tess.

Can you volunteer next Tuesday?

We are looking for 2 strong volunteers to help Stephen next Tuesday morning (around 10.30am). Help is needed to collect some supplies. There are some large and quite heavy containers of materials that need to be lifted and onto a trailer and then unloaded back at the studio. If you can help please let us know:

Term 3 Classes

We have begun adding Term 3 classes to Events Pronto. The usual applies - book quickly to avoid disappointment, especially those precious evening classes:

Gas kiln and slab rollerfor sale

Would you like your very own gas kiln? Retired potter, Miles van der Sluis' gas kiln is for sale.

17 cubic ft 4 burner gas kiln. Is disconnected and currently runs on a natural gas set up.  

There is also a slab roller for sale although we do not have the details.

For further questions about the kiln/slab roller, please contact Eric van der Sluis on +64 21 322 848.

Quarry Ceramics Awards now open

The Annual Quarry Ceramics Awards are hosted by the Northland Craft Trust at the Quarry Arts Centre. The Quarry Ceramics Awards is a National Level Competition.
The category is “Open”, meaning all styles of ceramic art are welcome from across New Zealand as long as they are predominantly made from ceramic materials. Entries are $30, one per person.
We have two categories
  • The main Open Ceramics Award for Adults - $1000 top prize, plus other prizes.
  • Youth Award – for under 26 year olds - $500 top prize.

Applications close 31 July.

Entry Form:
Terms and Conditions:

ART LIFE Exhibition

Susan St Lawrence and Susannah Salter are opening a new exhibition next week. They will then be running a series of painting and drawing workshops. The workshops are a great opportunity to branch out from clay!

The exhibition opens at 6.30pm, next Wednesday evening (29 June) at Gallery9 onbraid, Braid Road, St Andrews, Hamilton.

Workshop tickets are available online: 
There is ample free parking at St Andrews library, and behind the Braid Road shops. All the artworks are for sale so you might pick up a treasure.  


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