Waikato Society of Potters (WSP) Membership

WSP membership runs is based on the financial year. Membership renewal is now due for the period running 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.
Please note - this is regardless of the date you join and is non-refundable.


The Waikato Society of Potters is a member-based organisation. Although you do not have to be a member to enroll in our pottery classes there are many benefits to becoming a member.

At the 2022 AGM it was agreed that membership fees would be raised in April 2023 to keep up with the studio's rising costs. 

1 April 2023 - 31 March 2024 
Adult $90
Child $35
Prices are regardless of the date you join and is non-refundable.

1 April - 30 September 2023 and
1 October 2023 - 31 March 2024
Adult $50
Child $20
Prices are regardless of the date you join and is non-refundable.


We run a variety of classes for everyone, from beginners to experienced potters, there is something for everyone!


  • Access to the dedicated Members’ Open Studio Sessions. Typically there are an additional 5-7 Open Studio sessions per week

  • Discounted Play with Clay Sessions

  • Further discounts for Open Studio and PWC sessions when purchasing a Concession Card

  • Utilising our firing service for pieces made outside of classes and Play with clay

  • Discounted class and workshop enrolments

  • Entry into the Annual WSP Exhibition at Arts Post

  • Membership events such as the Mighty Waikato Pottery Throw Down


14 pottery wheels
Slab roller
2 extruders
Large collection of moulds
5 electric kilns
Gas kiln and a Raku kiln
Phoenix wood kiln
Spray booth
Specialist ceramic library

and FREE tea and coffee, and WIFI access!


- Lupita Nyong'o -

Code of Conduct

The Waikato Society of Potters provides a space for a large number of diverse creative personalities who come together in this space to create, to socialise and enjoy the facilities.

Given the number of people the WSP Committee have developed the following basic rules:

Health and Safety

  • All members and guests are required to sign in and sign out.
  • The nominated person on duty has responsibility that all machinery is operated in a safe manner – they have the final say.
  • In the glazing room there are signs stating when masks are to be worn, eg., when operating the spray gun, sanding bisqueware.
  • No food to be consumed in the studio space, and only drinks in closed bottles.
  • After using the studio, all clay will be cleaned up and your space left in a clean and tidy manner.


  • It is expected that common courtesy and politeness is the basic rule of interaction with each other.
  • No offensive or intrusive behaviour will be tolerated.
  • If classes are in operation it is expected that there is no other member or visitor in that room at the same time.
  • No member or guests are to be in the WSP rooms after hours unless with the prior express permission of the manager or person on duty.

Kiln packing and firing

  • The Studio Assistant, Artists in Residence and Manager maintain a system for the firing of all pieces put forward for firing.
  • There will be no queue jumping for any person on the basis of their commercial enterprises – this is a charitable organisation.
  • Members will not remove work from kilns.


  • All Eftpos and cash payments must be processed by a staff member, Artist in Residence or volunteer on duty.
  • All clay purchases must be paid for – Eftpos is available.
  • All firing and glazing costs must be paid in advance or arrangements made with the Studio Assistant or Manager.

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