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Potter's Press 10 October 2022

Some studio business  |  Diploma 2023   |  UKU Clay Hawkes Bay  |  Upcoming exhibition  |  Classes  |  This week in the studio

Some October work by our members

A grid of four images of ceramic pieces - a mug painted with the face of a bear; a collection of mugs, a jug and two soap dishes;  a flower bowl painted with colourful patterns, two platters, each painted with asparagus spears

Studio business

  • We will soon be preparing the studio for Term 4 classes. If you have left any work or clay on the class shelves in the studio, please pop in during studio hours to remove them. 
  • The bisque shelves in particular are very full and we are struggling to find space for new work. We have had to begin removing older work. If you have anything on the bisque or glaze shelves since June/July/August, please come and get them this week before we donate or dispose of them. WIPs older than one month, and work in the wet cupboards for longer than one week will also be removed next week.
  • We are delighted to welcome Emma Meyers to the team! Emma has been a WSP committee member in the past, is a diploma student and is now an artist-in-residence at the society. Emma's duty day will be Wednesday.
  • Thank you to the awesome volunteers who have been helping us out recently. With Margaret and Larissa both away a lot lately, we have very much appreciated the extra help from Stephen, Caroline, Tim, Amy, Jordan, Theo, David Martin, Catherine, Emma, Tess, Roger and Bronwyn. You make our hearts full!

Diploma 2023

The countdown is certainly on for the end of year assessment day for this year's diploma students. 25 to go! We wish them well as they prepare for the day. Some are expecting to graduate this year, others returning next year for more study.

We are getting lots of enquiries about enrollments for the Diploma in Ceramic Arts for 2023. Alex has been working on the calendar and we expect to begin the studio sessions on 3 March 2023. This is a great course for anyone curious about taking their artistic practice deeper. It can be embarked by beginners or experienced potters alike. In fact, one of our students this year joined us straight from high school. Please get in touch if you wish to find out more about this course.

We run in collaborations with Otago Polytechnic which can be studied at level 5 and 6 across 2 (full time) or 4 years (part time). The theory courses including glaze technology and art history delivered online and the practical part of the course delivered through the studio at WSP.

This year's assessments will be held on 4 November and there will be an opportunity for the wider public to come to view the work. Closer to the time, the schedule will be sent out. In the meantime, pencil it in to your diary.

UKU Clay Hawkes Bay

Congratulations to Duncan Shearer who has won The Dental Institute Premier Award at UKU Clay Hawkes Bay Duncan Shearer with his beautiful woodfired work, “Jar”. Well done to all the artists showing their work there including other WSP members like Janet Smith and Susan St Lawrence.

Duncan Shearer's "Jar"

Duncan Shearer's "Jar"
Janet Smith with her piece at UKU Clay

Janet Smith with her piece at UKU Clay

"A Second Glance" Exhibition opening

Ramp Gallery Wintec - Thursday 13th October 4.30pm-6.30pm

Alex Wilkinson, Xavier Tapp and Hannah Saies

Ramp Gallery Wintec - Thursday 13th October 4.30pm-6.30pm - Alex Wilkinson, Xavier Tapp and Hannah Saies

Term 4 classes

Monday and Wednesday evening classes have already sold out but there are plenty of other options left for Term 4 classes for both adults and a children's class. Please help to spread the word. More information and book online...

This week in the studio

We are between terms so there are no classes, but a lot of opportunities to come in to work in the studio.


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