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Upcoming workshops

Three upcoming workshops now open for registrations –

Questions or comments about any of these?  Contact Nicole the WPA workshop coordinator at workshops@wellingtonpotters.org.nz


Plates with Vivian – 5 & 6 October 

Please note you must be able to centre clay and work independently on the wheel to enrol in this workshop.

Numbers strictly limited to 12 – register now and make payment (by bank transfer or EFTPOS at the rooms) to secure your spot!

Hand building and creating textured slabs with Jane McCulla – 16 & 17 November

Join the 2019 Ceramicus Selector Jane McCulla for this 2-day workshop.

Start by learning to make plaster sprig moulds, followed by creating textured slabs and joining them to develop different shapes and types of work.  Participants should have some experience working with clay.
Numbers strictly limited to 15 – register now and make payment (by bank transfer or EFTPOS at the rooms) to secure your spot!

Visiting artist Erik Omundson – 20 November

Join visiting American artist Erik Omundson (Hawaii) as he demonstrates his unique techniques for throwing large shapes on the wheel.

Please note this is a demonstration workshop only with no hands-on component.  Erik is offering hands-on workshops at Otaki Potters but this workshop is fully booked.

This workshop will only be able to go ahead if we get a minimum of 12 registrations.  Please support Erik and the club by registering and making it possible for us to offer demonstrations by visiting artists to our members.

Register now and make payment (by bank transfer or EFTPOS at the rooms) to secure your spot!

Lots of exciting upcoming workshops!

Kia ora, I have updated the Workshops page with details for some upcoming workshops in December and January.  We have an exciting programme lined up including:

  • Creative expression talk & bbq with Laurie Steer on 23 Nov
  • Ceramic Jewellery with Anthea Grob on 1 Dec
  • Experimental shapes on the wheel with visiting potter James Lemon on 8 Dec
  • Turning your pots into a successful business talk with Rhonda Tracey on 25 January
  • Mold-making with Richard Stratton on 26 & 27 January
  • Pit-firing with Chris Dunn in February

Not all details are confirmed at present – but once we finalise registration fees and materials needed, you will be able to register online.  I will update the workshop pages as things open for registration!  Also keep an eye on your monthly newsletters, and emails from Vera.  

The rooms will be closed to non-workshop participants during these times – so don’t forget to check the WPA Calendar before coming to the rooms.

Check it out and email workshops@wellingtonpotters.org.nz to pre-register your interest or give us any feedback!



Nicole, your friendly WPA workshop coordinator

Ceramicus 2018 opens tomorrow 10-5 daily

At the well-attended event yesterday, guest selector Sam Duckor-Jones relayed to the joys and challenges of curating the show and choosing a range of fabulous award winners, including:

  • the Wellington Museum Premier Acquisition Award for Excellence in Ceramics: Oliver Morse (for a second year in a row) awarded to his work titled “Cordial Boy”.
  • the Vessel Award for Excellence in Wheel-thrown Ceramics: Mal Sole’s magnificent “Wood-fired Vessel”
  • the Artzone Award for Excellence in Hand-built Ceramics: Wairarapa potter, Sophie Bidwill, for her outstanding sculpture “The Drip”
  • the Mamaku International “He Kōrero Waihanga Uku” Award (that this year focussed on the story of creation of Hine-Ahu-One): Keil Cas’ creation “Hue”
  • the Waikato Ceramics Award for Excellence as a First-time Exhibitor: Nicole Gaston for her work “Vagina Teapot”
  • the Nelson Pottery Supplies Award for Innovation in Ceramics: Dani Henke’s piece “Deer?” which impressed the judge with its twist on original and projected artwork.

Visitors to the exhibition can vote for the People’s Choice Award kindly sponsored by Penthouse Cinema. The lucky winner will be announced on the last day of the exhibition – on 1 December.

Look for the award-winning works amongst the fabulous display of exciting and varied ceramics and buy a raffle ticket or two to win some outstanding clay creations for your home or a pottery experience.

Join Laurie Steer for a beer and bbq at WPA on 23 November

Laurie Steer workshop flyer

Join Laurie Steer for a free talk on ‘Freedom of expression in ceramic practice” at the rooms on Friday 23rd November at 6:30 pm.  After the talk Laurie will be on hand to help people with projects, give tips, and enjoy a BBQ served up by our resident pyrotechnic Peter Rumble.

Please BYO drinks and something to throw on the BBQ, or a few gold coins!

Please RSVP to workshops@wellingtonpotters.org.nz so we can get an idea of numbers.



Ceramicus 16 Nov – 1 Dec 2018

This year Wellington Potters’ Association celebrates its 60th Ceramicus exhibition. The exhibition takes place in conjunction with Splash, the national exhibition of Watercolour New Zealand.

Venue: NZ Academy of Fine Arts on Queens Wharf in Wellington.
16 November – 1 December 2018.    Open daily 10 – 5pm. Free entry.   More…

sculpture by Sam Druckor-Jones
Ceramicus 2018: 16 Nov – 1 Dec 2018

20 & 21 October – Japanese Chawan: A spirit of Rikyu & Raku – workshop & talk

WPA is very excited to be offering a workshop by Kumiko Jacolin in collaboration with the Wellington Sakai Association.

Japanese Chawan - 20 & 21 October Workshop


A workshop on making “Chawan” – Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

For those who are interested in making a “chawan” yourself, you can register for two days of workshop. You can experience a Japanese way of making a chawan, hopefully respecting as much as Chojiro’s spriit of Raku. The first day you shape a cup using handbuilding methods, then the next day you learn carving. You will participate to create a chawan on these two days. The workshop fee covers clay and necessary materials, and is suitable for beginners or those new to clay. The bisque and final firing will be done later. It won’t be a traditional Raku firing, however you will have an option to participate to glaze and/or firing session.

Open to all levels.  $20 for WSA/WPA members and $30 for non-WSA/WPA members.  To register or for more information please email kumiko@jacolin.net.
* Selected cups maybe used at the tea ceremony demonstration in the Japan Festival.


A Talk on “Chawan” & Tea Ceremony  Sunday 21st October, 3.30 – 4.30pm

Inspired by Rikyu, a tea master from Sakai city, Japan (Wellington’s sister city), I would like to share my passion on “Chawan”(tea cup). The tradition of “Raku” chawan is transmitted secretly from father to son since 1568, currently headed its 15th master. I will talk about its history and his “wabi” spirit, with a demonstration of the tea ceremony.

The talk and demonstration of tea ceremony is free and does not require registrations; however space will be on a first come first serve basis to the capacity.

Throwing BIG! with Mal Sole – 23 September

Workshop poster - throwing big - 23 sept

We are delighted to announce Mal Sole will be running a demonstration workshop on how to throw large pots on the wheel on 23 September from 10 am to 3 pm.  (NB the photo above is not Mal!)


Come along and learn several techniques you can use to go large on the wheel.

Please note:

  • This is a demonstration workshop – you will not have the opportunity to throw during the workshop, but can practice the skills during your own time.
  • Some techniques Mal will demonstrate require a high speed wheel that can handle a heavy load such as Shimpo brand (there is only 1 wheel like this available at the club).

This workshop is for people with intermediate level throwing skill.  You should be able to confidently centre clay and make a cylinder.

Space is limited – Register now!  $40 payment ($50 non-WPA members) must be received prior to workshop.

For more information or if you have any questions please email workshops@wellingtonpotters.org.nz.


Refurbishment programme – cubbies

The refurb is about to start….. This could affect you!

  • Remove all possessions from north-east wall (By window, L-shaped bench etc):
    Deadline Thursday August 9:   the shelves and the bench – and underneath it –  in this area are required for the temporary storage of old cubbies’ possessions, after which they will be demolished. New racking, shelves and workbenches will then be installed. Note that anything left in this area past the deadline will be disposed of. Please don’t move your gear to another ‘spare’ space in the studio as other areas are also about to be renovated.  Space is limited. Note too that the usual ‘drying time’ on shelves has been restricted to three weeks.
  • Use of the damp cabinets will be suspended from Monday 12 to Sunday 19 August
  • Please remove your pots from the cabinets by Sunday 11 August.

Holders of cubbies numbers 1 to 49 and 75 to 82

(that is, those against the west wall and those facing the main studio:(see plan 2*)

cubbies by wall to be cleared to under benchesare requested to clear their possessions between Friday August 10 and Monday August 12. While the new cubbies are being installed, please provide your own carton (e.g. A 12-bottle wine carton is a little smaller than the new “small” cubbies) for your loose stuff. Mark it clearly with your cubby number and your name (there will be sticky labels and marker pen available) and store – with your clay – also labelled clearly – on the shelves and on and under the bench at the north-east corner of the studio. Any overflow can be placed underneath work benches 1 and 2 but please keep your possessions within the taped line.

Take this opportunity to review what, and how much, you store in your cubby.

The new cubbies (117 of them of 300 x 300 x 400 deep and 60 of them 450 x 450 x 400 deep) are smaller than the current ones so some downsizing of what you store may be required. The new sizes will still accommodate a 20kg bag of clay plus tools and a few other “must have on hand” things.

The new cubbies will be installed on Friday 17 August and be ready for you to relocate your possessions from Monday 20 but only when you have been allocated a new cubby number by Joe Zuccarello   joe.zuccarello@vuw.ac.nz    You can apply right now for a new cubby.

Holders of cubbies numbers 83 to 107

Once holders of the original cubbies 1 to 49 and 75 to 82 have relocated, those who currently occupy cubbies 83 to 107 may also apply (from Monday 20 August) for new cubbies and relocate once they have been allocated their new number.

Easy height cubby spaces

20% of the cubby spaces [those located at an ‘easy’ height] will be reserved for hire by those who would find lower and higher cubbies challenging. Your integrity in applying for these cubbies is requested. Also, everyone please note that some of the larger cubbies will be reserved for CEC tutors so the availability of this larger size will be at a premium.

Possible rental fee

The committee has yet to decide whether to charge a rental fee for the new cubbies and, if so, what amount that will be. Be aware that, in the next month or so, there may be a charge. Consider this when applying for a new cubby.

Removal of clay from the floor

Now that there are plenty of cubbies there should be no need to dump clay on the floor. After 1 September any bags of clay anywhere on the floor and any contents of the old cubbies not removed will be disposed of. New, more efficient racking is being installed in the “drying racks” area and where cubbies 50 to 107 used to be, including “dollies” so clear floor space is absolutely required.

In short……..dates to be aware of

  1. Deadline: Thursday August 9: remove all possessions from north-east wall (see plan 1):
  2. Monday 12 to Sunday 19 August: use of the damp cabinets will be suspended. Remove your pots please.
  3. Friday August 10 to Monday August 12. Holders of cubbies numbers 1 to 49 and 75 to 82 move all your gear to the north-east wall. Apply now for a new cubby (if you want one). State if you want a “small” or a “big”. Email your request to:  joe.zuccarello@vuw.ac.nz
  4. From Monday 20 August: cubby holders nos. 83 to 107. If you want a new cubby, contact joe.zuccarello@vuw.ac.nz  if not, please clear your cubbies before the end of August.
  5. Saturday 1 September: if your clay is still on the floor it will be removed and disposed of. Likewise for anything not claimed from the old cubbies.
  6. 1 September: never had one but want one? Apply now for a new cubby to joe.zuccarello@vuw.ac.nz

More volunteers required

Please contact: peter rumble  sales@rumbles.co.nz 0210678099

Volunteer jobs: predominantly painting. You don’t have to be a Cézanne or a Picasso (a Jackson Pollock would be fine!). Just anyone who knows which end of a speedbrush to hold!

  • Steel racking assembly
  • sawing shelving
  • gluing and screwing
  • wall cleaning and
  • “gib stopping”

Every hour you contribute saves your association $$$$$$$$.