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WPA rooms now open – bookings required

Keeping ourselves safe

  • If you feel at all unwell or have any of the signs of COVID-19 do not come to the rooms.
  • Members over 60: you are no more potentially contagious than other age groups. You are welcome to use the rooms but please exercise extra caution for your own sakes.
  • No children, no guests, no visitors
  • You may not enter the rooms without first booking through the online system.  You must book separately for throwing, handbuilding, glazing or to drop-off or pick-up pots or clear your cubby.

Online booking system

To book:

  1. Access the booking system (link below)
  2. Select the day/days you wish to visit the rooms
  3. Scroll down to the timeslot you require
  4. Select the activity you want
  5. Press the ‘Book’ button

More about booking

  • The booking system has been devised in the hope that it gives members sufficient creative time as well as providing the opportunity for all those who wish to, to enjoy the facilities again, in a hygienic and safely physically distanced manner.
  • Ensure that Vera Burton (Membership Coordinator) has your most recent contact details so you can be contacted if required – Veeanddave93@gmail.com.
  • As you will see from the booking schedule, visits to the rooms (once booked) may be made from Monday 18th May.

Restrictions and Rules – Using the rooms

General conditions of entry

  • Ensure you have a valid booking and your contact details are up to date with the membership coordinator (see above).
  • Thorough handwashing and/or the use of the hand sanitiser, particularly on entry, and regularly throughout your stay, is a requirement for all whilst at the rooms.
  • Main door should be closed [but not locked] whilst people are on the premises to ensure the terms of entry notice outside the door is observed. If fresh air is required, partially open the alleyway door.
  • Kitchen is off limits – BYO beverages and cup. Take cup/beverage container home after each visit! Use the sluice room taps for drinking water.
  • No sharing of food.
  • Library is also off limits.

Safe physical distancing and hygiene under Level 2

  • Daily users to set up their own cleaning roster for each time slot.
  • Cleaning supplies provided.
  • Cleaning list (see below) to be ticked off at the start of each 4 hourly session.
  • Cleaning (i.e. Disinfecting) time is incorporated in the 4-hour shift plan accordingly.
  • The main studio and the glaze room should be vacated promptly at the end of each session. If no-one waiting to enter, turn off all lights and lock the door after you. Check that side (alleyway) door is also locked and bolted.
  • The table nearest the cubbies is only for resting possessions during take out and put back or for processing pots ready for firing. Maximum of 2 at a time at this table.

Main studio cleaning list

  • Taps and door handles [includes damp cabinet handles, slab roller wheel)
  • Basins & surrounds
  • Telephone
  • Social table
  • Ladders (grip areas) and other common surfaces
  • Light switches, drying cabinet handle, switch and dials
  • Heaters: clean the push-button switch and surrounds
  • Common use tools – use them, wash them, sterilise them (use the disinfectant bath) put them back. Also see ‘Glaze room’ notes

More about room restrictions – Main studio

  • Maximum number working in the Main Studio is 18: up to 9 hand builders; up to 9 wheel exponents. Hand builders restricted to the west ends and centres of each of the 3 large tables; wheel people restricted to the east end of each of the large tables + the ‘blue’ table.
  • Don’t move the wheels from their positions. Don’t introduce extra wheels. Don’t move tables.
  • Space has been allocated so that 1) the extruder can be used safely 2) the wedging batts can be used safely
  • The Slab Roller has been re-positioned to allow for adequate bypass corridors.
  • Main studio bookings can be made for: 4 hour “shifts”: 9am – 1pm, 1pm – 5pm, 5pm – 9pm, 9pm – 1am and an 8-hour shift, 1am – 9am online bookings only.
  • It is likely that the 9am – 1 pm shift will be in great demand. To be fair to all, you may book only TWO of this shift per week. This stipulation will be revisited once a better idea of demand is understood.
  • To allow for commercial cleaning, the Monday 9pm until 1am shift will not be bookable
  • Mondays – Fridays: Members restricted to a maximum of 3 x 4 hour shifts or 2 x 8-hour shifts per ‘working week’ any weekday booking precludes that member from the use of the rooms during weekends.
  • Saturdays and Sundays: Maximum of 2 X 4 hour shifts or 1 X 8-hour shift (1am – 9am)
  • Bookings can only be made for up to two weeks in advance. We’re trying to give everyone a chance at the “plum spots”.
  • Drop-off pots, pick-up pots, clear your cubby: If you wish to do this between the hours of 8am – 10pm you will need to book one of the 30-minute slots online. Maximum of 2 people per timeslot.
  • Bringing in pots from home or own studio for bisque firing: Have them packed in a sturdy container or containers and bring them up to the Main Studio to process.
  • Pots from the drying shelves for bisque firing: Weigh, pay, record, attach your Firing Slip and leave on or under the table. If you can pack into the cartons provided please do so. Each day a volunteer will transport your pots to the kiln room.

Weighing and paying – now upstairs

  • The scales, eftpos machine and Payments Record Book will be temporarily sited in the Main Studio. Hand sanitiser is provided for use before/after using machine.
  • Cleaning the Keypad: Do not spray the keypad. Use DETTOL provided – Spray the cloth, wipe the keypad; same for the pen.
  • Pick-up pots from the kiln room: maximum of 1 member at a time
  • If the kiln room door is open and the chain is in place wait for the person inside to exit. When you leave, lock the door, leave the chain hanging loose.

Restrictions – Kiln and glaze rooms

  • Handwashing or use of the hand sanitiser required on entry.
  • Glaze tools, bucket lids and handles and all surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned before and after use. Spray ‘n’ wipe.
  • Glaze room: Maximum of 2 members at a time. Mondays – Fridays: Members restricted to a maximum of 2 X 2 hour shifts (may be consecutive) or 2 X 8-hour (i.e. The midnight to 8am shift) shifts per ‘working week’. Any weekday booking precludes the use of the glaze room during weekends. N.B. This does not apply to the Glaze Making Team. Their bookings will take precedence.
  • Saturdays and Sundays: Maximum of 2 x 2 hour shifts (may be consecutive) or 1 X 8-hour (midnight – 8am) shift.

Be kind to others

  • Access https://bookeo.com/wellingtonpotters to book
  • If there are un-booked places 1 hour prior to the start of a period you may book even if you have either (a) already made other bookings or (b) already used your quota for the week.
  • If you are unable to use a booking, please cancel it by emailing rooms@wellingtonpotters.org.nz.
  • No shows will be restricted from making further bookings.
  • Bookings that don’t comply with limitations will be declined.
  • Those who are able to come in during the week please do so to allow those back at work to be able to come in during the weekend.
  • Restrictions are likely to be adjusted as demand for use becomes clearer
  • Your co-operation is appreciated. We hope you enjoy being “back in the mud”!

Update: COVID-19 level 2 reopening plans underway

Kia ora members!  We’ve missed you!

WPA will be reopening in a limited capacity to members under Covid-19 Level 2 restrictions with safety measures in place.  We are working on the details now and awaiting confirmation from WCC we are ok to reopen – further announcements will be available soon!

slabs of clay
You’ll be able to get back to your clay work soon!


UPDATE: WPA rooms are closed until further notice

Update as of Monday 2:30pm 23 March 2020

The WPA rooms are closed until further notice.

Picking up of essential belongings: you may retrieve these ONLY between the hours of 10am and 12pm tomorrow (Tuesday 24 March). No other arrangements will be possible.

No clay sales. No dropping off ‘to be fired’ items.

One person allowed on the premises at a time. Thorough hand washing on arrival is vital. Preferably come wearing a mask and latex gloves. A limited number will be available so you may kit up outside of the premises.

Time allotment per person on the premises 5 minutes (includes hand wash time) Please prepare yourself for a swift turnaround.

If you have any WPA concerns, please contact a Committee member.

Kia kaha!

WPA Committee

COVID19 – WPA’S response and directives to members

There will be official emailed bulletins from WPA as matters progress. These are issued on behalf of the Committee from the email address veeanddave93@gmail.com.  

Please make a point of reading them. Neither party wants the embarrassment of being turned away from the rooms but you WILL be told to leave immediately if you arrive sick. Please, stay home if you have a cold or flu-like symptoms. Seek professional advice.

Even if you don’t show any of these symptoms but have recently returned from abroad absolutely keep away from the rooms if you have not yet completed the recommended full period of self isolation. Now that a LEVEL 2 has been declared it is important that those with compromised immune systems, who have had recent hospital treatment/operations and who are aged or frail to seriously consider not visiting the rooms at least until the alert level reverts to a LEVEL 1…or hopefully to an “all clear”. 

For now, CEC classes, the Tuesday Club, Kiln Loading Classes and Friday Family Night will continue (with appropriate physical distancing and/or masks and gloves) BUT be prepared for these to be cancelled at a moment’s notice.

If a LEVEL 3 Alert is broadcast, the rooms will be closed. An email notice will advise this.

If children are too sick to go to school they are too sick to come to the studio. 

Visitors: We ask that you refrain from bringing visitors to the rooms for the time being. If unaccompanied visitors arrive when you are at the rooms politely request them to leave and encourage them to make contact with the Secretary by ‘phone or email. (Hand them a newsletter which contains the relevant contacts).

There is a large poster displayed at the front door of the main studio (and smaller ones regarding entry requirements – prevention techniques and signing in) inside the main studio and in the kiln and glaze room entrances). Read, heed and encourage others to follow the simple rules. Literally, your life may depend on it!

As a precautionary measure the main studio layout has been adjusted so that there is an increased distance between wheels and at the social tables. Please don’t shuffle them back together! There is plenty of liquid soap in the dispensers and we have doubled our supply of paper towels to enable the proper drying of hands. (BTW, your hands extend right up to your wrists!) Make good use of the towels but don’t use them for other purposes!!! 

Tissue stations, with rubbish bags for used tissues, have been placed about the building. Make full use of them but DON’T move them from their positions. 

Wellington Potters’ Association Open Day 2020

open day flyer

As part of the Fired Up Festival of Ceramics, WPA will be holding an Open Day at the Rooms:


    Saturday 7 March, 10am – 3pm


We have heaps of great activities lined up, including:

  • 15 different ceramic artists exhibiting work for sale
  • demonstrations of throwing, hand-building and sculpture by our members
  • tours of the building
  • pottery activities for kids and adults to try
  • tea, coffee and food
  • A huge selection of WPA “keep cups” specially made for the Open Day, available to buy
  • And more!
Handmade ceramic keep cup
Some of the keep cups that will be on sale

We look forward to seeing you on the 7th!




Maintenance Blitz – 15th and 16th February

Come along any time between 10am and 4pm.

Jobs List: indicating expertise required and approximate duration (based on 1 person’s input)

  1. Remount exhibition and wheel throwing guides posters (ladder confident; pinning, good eye
    for style compatibility and spacing) 1.5 hours
  2. Garage: remove lectern and demolish; extract timber from racks; tidy, sweep/vacuum 1.5
  3. Build simple rack/shelving inside-right “mezzanine” of garage to house paint/painting gear
    2.5 – 3 hrs
  4. Move glaze room chemical cupboards to garage (strength) 30 mins
  5. Disassemble/cut up former glaze buckets iron shelving in glaze room (may require angle
    grinder [WPA has one] – for competent users only!) 1 hour
  6. Disassemble former damp cabinets (anyone good, but careful, at smashing stuff) 1 hour
  7. Resize and assemble glaze room cubbies (simple carpentry skills) 6 – 8 hours
  8. Rebuild shelves above wax pans (simple carpentry skills) 3 hours
  9. Replace and level hardboard cover underneath wax pans (simple carpentry skills) 1 hour
  10. Install shelves in glaze room toilet area (simple carpentry skills) 3.5 hours
  11. Tidy rear of building (stack bricks, tidy wood, repair seat) 30 mins, 30 mins, 1 hour
  12. Cut, re-bag, weigh and price NZ porcelain clay to smaller volumes (ATD) 1.5 hours
  13. Disassemble steel rack to left of main entrance; replace top board of table; re-jig layout and
    re-assemble steel racking; thorough clean of area (know which end of a spanner to hold
    (simple carpentry/ ‘engineer’ skills) 1 hr; 30 mins; 30 mins; 30 mins
  14. Design and build portable wooden ramp covered with non-slip material to offer ease of
    access to wheelchairs, etc outside side door exit to back driveway (planning and building
    skills) 3 hours
  15. Vehicle with trailer (or small truck) supplier, willing to take rubbish to dump. WPA will
    reimburse the tip fee. [required Sunday mid-afternoon]

Club night keep cup make-a-thon 7 Feb

Help WPA by making “keep cups” for sale on Open Day

Come along on Club night Friday 7th February for a throwing demo and make-a-thon. Clay will be provided and the club will fire them. We just need people to make, trim on 9 Feb, and glaze them on the 21 Feb.

There will be drinks and snacks provided – feel free to bring a plate.  There may even be a BBQ (depending on repairs to Peter’s grill).

We will have demonstrations by 2 amazing potters – Jenny Shearer and Vivian Rodriguez!  Not to be missed.  Handbuilders are welcome to come along too and make keep cups.

Help us make the open day a success, make some money for the club, and have a convivial Friday evening while you’re doing it.

Please note this event is strictly limited to WPA members.

Any questions email workshops@wellingtonpotters.org.nz


WPA Open Day 2020!


As part of the Fired Up Festival of Ceramics, WPA will be holding an Open Day at the Rooms:


    Saturday 7 March, 10am – 3pm


We will be having demonstrations of throwing, hand-building and sculpture; tours of the building, showing what we do; ceramic work for sale; tea, coffee, food, some “keep cups” specially thrown and fired for the event, that visitors can buy.  (Details about the keep-cup making event coming soon!)

WPA members are welcome to have some of their work for sale; cash sales only, with 20% commission going to the club. There will be limited space, so members who wish to sell their work can register below.  Note that if you do want to sell your pots at the Open Day, you are required to help to run the event, e.g. help set up the rooms, put your name on the roster, volunteer for a demo if needed, distribute fliers, etc.


  • Helpers for the day are needed, please email Kate Ford at wellingtonpotters@gmx.com.
  • Assistance is needed to help make “keep cups” for sale on the day – details to come


The Open Day will be open to the public – come along, and bring your family and friends!



First WPA workshop of 2020 now open for registration!

Making and Modifying Glazes – Saturdays Feb 1 & 8 2020

A hands on workshop taking place over two Saturdays where you learn how to make up a glaze safely and then how to modify it using simple additions or blends. Then the following Saturday have a look at the results and do some more.
There will be lots of weighing and sieving and recording and you will build up a small group of fired samples and tests.

Bring an apron (or overalls or lab coat), a notebook and pen. Materials, including fired test tiles will be available, however glazes come out differently on different clay so feel free to bring small samples of bisque fired clay you are currently using. You do not have to be a mathematician or scientist to enjoy the magic of glazes.   Please expect to pay an additional $5-10 for glaze materials and bisque test tiles (if needed)

  • Tips, tricks, best practices
  • safety
  • Q & A on glaze problems
  • making glazes easier to apply
  • interpreting glaze tests
  • getting the glazes the right thickness
  • simple (line) blend tests
  • colourant testing or converting your glazes to paint-on-able ones

Numbers strictly limited to 10 – register now and make payment (by bank transfer or EFTPOS at the rooms) to secure your spot!