Remember under Covid-19 Framework ORANGE:

Entry with vaccine pass, scan and sign in, sanitise hands, wear a mask and keep at least a one metre social distance.

If you are sick, stay home.

View from the street

Studio Closed

The studio is closed:


  • Saturday 4 December 9am – 12noon Special effects glaze class
  • Sunday 5 December 1pm – 4pm Cuppa clay and chat
  • Wednesday 8 December 3pm – 6pm Committee meeting
  • Friday 10 December 1pm – 4pm Private workshop (Twill Designs)
  • Saturday 11 December 9am – 11am Special effects glaze class – review only. Limited access to studio
  • Sunday 12 December 12noon – 4pm Special general meeting and Club Christmas party
  • Monday 10th January 9.00am – 12.30pm Children’s class 
  • Friday 14th January 9am-1230pm Children’s class
  • Monday 17th January 9am-1230pm Children’s class
  • Friday 21st January 9.00am – 12.30pm Children’s class

Members need to be double-vaccinated against Covid-19 to be able to use the clubrooms from 8am Friday 3 December.


Vaccinated members  need to show their  Vaccine Pass – either as a hard copy or email an electronic copy to the club account, which will be verified and recorded on our database. These members will then receive a new door code.


Single-vaccinated and unvaccinated members will be able to drop-off work to be fired and collect clay or finished work, by arranging this through a committee member who will meet them outside. Single-vaccinated and unvaccinated members will not be able to work at the clubrooms.


In the event of a confirmed case of Covid-19 having been at the club within the previous 24 hours, all surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected as per Government guidelines.


Under the new traffic light system:


  • Compulsory mask wearing
  • Scanning in/signing in
  • Social distancing 
  • Stay home if you are unwell
  • No ‘day’ visitors  allowed 

ORANGE (Bay of Plenty):

  • Compulsory mask wearing
  • Scanning in/signing in
  • Social distancing 
  • Stay home if you are unwell
  • No ‘day’ visitors allowed


  • Club re-opens to all members
  • Masks may not be required
  • Scan in and sign in
  • Stay home if you are unwell.

Clay available

  • White stoneware with grog & without grog $32
  • White stoneware with grog & without grog $27
  • PW20 $37
  • Macs Mud white stoneware 20kg $62
  • Pot white $37
  • BRT $42
  • Terracotta $35
  • Raku
  • Sculptural
  • Paperclay

Please note prices are GST inclusive and are for non-members. Clay prices and stock varies depending on current availability and the prices listed are for the most popular clays.


To buy clay call into the club on a Tuesday or Thursday club day, otherwise contact Lynda, Cat, Juliet or Millie to arrange a time.

Lynda: 021 803 704

Cat: 021 163 7540

Millie: 021 210 1331

Juliet: 0212711433

Our Work


Clay, Cuppa & a Chat
New and not so new members are welcome to come along for an open afternoon at the club.
Members will be there to answer questions and help with anything clay.
We plan to run these afternoons on Sundays, and the final one for this year will be on 5 December 1pm – 4pm.

Renovations of the studio space at the club

The clubrooms have been transformed into a wonderful light filled space.
The kitchen area has moved and the gallery space is now on the left with wall space for hanging pieces on the right.


A Small plate made from Japanese Clay

60th national exhibition of ceramics

The 60th National Exhibition of Ceramics NZ was held in Dunedin at Labour Weekend.


Kate Fitzharris was the winner of the Primo-pro Premier Award valued at $3000 at the 60th National Exhibition of the Ceramics Association of NZ with her work titled A Small plate made from Japanese Clays.


Another local ceramicist, Patrick Ferris, won the Nelson Pottery Supplies Emerging Artist Award ($500 worth of materials) for his piece Convergence.


Other award winners  were Renate Galetzka (Imery’s Excellence Award of $1000 for Beaker to Bowl), Sung Hwan Bobby Park (Driving Creek Pottery Professional Development Award valued at $1000 for Figure 1), Teresa Peters (Pack and Send Merit Award of $750 for Artefacts), Karin Amdal (special mention for Vase Upside Down) and Galeen Morley (special mention for The Journey).


The exhibition ended on November 20, and the winner of the CCG People’s Choice Award of $250 worth of materials will be announced soon.




Awards night details: 3 December 2021 TBC


Exhibition at Te Uru: 4 December 2021 – 27 February 2022



Te Uru is delighted to announce the judge for the Portage Ceramic Awards 2021. For the second time in its 21 year history, a New Zealander will take this prestigious role: two-time Premier Award winner, Raewyn Atkinson, who will select finalists and winners.


Over the course of a 30-year practice Raewyn has received numerous other prestigious art awards, most recently the Juror’s Award at the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale 2015 in South Korea. Her work was also included in the curated 2010 Ceramic Biennale and Korero: Conversations in Clay,Taiwan. Residencies and visiting artist experiences include the Shigaraki Ceramic Centre, Japan, the Canberra School of Arts, Australia, the University of Manoa, Hawaii, and the School of Art Practice at U.C. Berkeley, California. Perhaps the most influential residency, however, has been the Artist to Antarctica Fellowship awarded in 2000, which encouraged Atkinson to continue exploring the qualities of porcelain as an expressive medium.


Her solo project I Too Am in Paradise was recently shown at Objectspace and The Dowse Art Museum, and her work is held by many private and public, national and international collections, including Te Papa, NZ, the Los Angeles County Museum, USA, and the Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Japan.


The Open Ceramics Awards 2021 is a National Level Competition and has two categories:


  • Best Open Masters
  • Best Open Emerging


All styles of work are predominantly made from ceramic materials.


This year’s Judge was well-known Auckland-based sculptress Carla Ruka, who draws on her ancestral heritage (Maori and European) to create large, detailed sculptures using her personally developed hand-building techniques. In the case of Auckland still being in lockdown and Carla unable to travel, the judging happened online via video with curator Hannah Mitchell.


The event and exhibition opened on Friday 26th November 2021, where the winners were announced. 



Due to Covid restrictions, Waiclay has now been postponed until next year.


  • Opening of the exhibition will be Friday 21st January 2022


  • Walk and Talk Saturday 22nd January 2022


  • Waiclay will now finish on Sunday 10th April 2022.

New Artist in residence at The Pot House

The Pot House is a new ceramics gallery and studios opening at The Incubator in the Historic Village.


The inaugural exhibition features our very own Dominique Ford with her show titled Precocious Vessels. Dominique has a background in graphic design and children’s book illustration.


The show opened on 30 November and runs until 17 December.



  • Call for entries 1 Nov 2021
  • Exhibition  4 Feb – 15 May 2022


Call for entries: 

The Miles Art Awards 2022 Online Entry Form here

The Miles Art Awards 2022 Terms and Conditions read here.


This biennial event and exhibition is an opportunity for artists living in the Bay of Plenty to submit their most accomplished artworks for Tauranga’s premier art award.


The finalists’ work will be shown in a curated exhibition beginning on 4 February running until 15 May 2022. This is the seventh time the biennial awards and exhibition have been shown at the Tauranga Art Gallery.


The event is named after one of Tauranga Art Gallery’s original donors, Venetta Miles, who is remembered for her considerable foresight and generosity. The Miles Art Awards is generously supported by The Venetta Miles Trust and made possible also thanks to the Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga Mayor, The Incubator Creative Hub, and the Bay of Plenty Times.



Miles Supreme Award $10,000

Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery Award $1,000

Tauranga City Council Award $500

Ethel MacMillan Award $250

The Incubator Creative Hub Emerging Artist Award 

The Bay of Plenty Times People’s Choice Award



The Richard T. Nelson awards highlight the diversity of small-scale works and celebrate our unique culture and heritage through New Zealand sculpture.


Richard T. Nelson is an American art collector who has lived in Wellington for the past 25 years.  Richard appreciates the elegance and grace of sculpture, and wishes to reward technique and true craftsmanship through the awards.


Applications for the 2022 awards closed on 30 November. 


Up to 50 artworks will be selected as finalists and displayed at the New Zealand Art show in Wellington 2-4 June, 2022.  All artworks will be for sale and judging takes place at the show.


For further details go to


If you are travelling east soon check out The New Beginnings Exhibition at Opotiki Arts, which is on 20 November to 11 December 2021.


Paintings, fibre, jewellery, woodwork, ceramics, sculpture…fabulous new works, including work by BPC member and raku queen Dorothy Armstrong’s Friday group.


For more information contact Opotiki Arts.