View from the street

Studio Closed

The studio is closed to BPC members: 

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-8.30pm. Wheel classes. Studio closed from 4pm for class preparation. 
  • Tuesdays, 5.30-8.30pm. Members’ club nights. New and older members all welcome. 
  • Thursdays, 6-8.30pm. Handbuild classes. Studio closed from 4pm for class preparation. 
  • Sunday, December 4, 1pm – 5pm onwards. Club Christmas party.
  • Wednesday, December 14, 10am – 12md. Private workshop.

bay of plenty garden and art festival 2022


members club night

The club is trialling a members club night on Tuesdays, 5.30-8.30pm.


The aim is to get new and older members coming along so that if anyone needs help or has questions, there will be someone there to help.


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 one of the members listed below to arrange an alternative day/time.

Lynda: 021 803 704

Cat: 021 163 7540

Juliet: 0212711433

Colleen: 021435330

Jules: 0274166192

The Pot House

BPC members may be interested in a group show which could be themed such as an all mug show. 


There is a fee of $300 to exhibit in the space for a period of 3 weeks. This is to cover the rent and any exhibition installation costs. The Incubator takes a 15% commission on any sales for the duration of the exhibition.


If anyone is interested in a show in the Pothouse, complete the exhibition form: Exhibition Nitty Gritty | the-incubator (


For further details email the Gallery and Exhibition Coordinator, Kalou



The 3 potheads



Quarry Ceramics Awards 2022


portage Ceramics Awards 2022

R T Nelson sculpture awards

The R T Nelson Sculpture Awards are valued at $20,000 with a premier prize of $15,000 rewarding creative talent and craftsmanship, and five highly commended prizes of $1000 each. A preliminary selection panel will select up to 50 finalists to be considered for the awards. The entry deadline is January 20, 2023. There is a limit of two artworks per entry and the cost is $30 for one artwork, and $60 for two. The judging takes place on May 31, 2023.


Hosted by the annual NZ Art Show in Wellington, all finalist artworks will be exhibited and must be available for purchase. The award winners will be announced on 1 June and the exhibition open to the public on 2 and 3 June.


Richard T. Nelson, who is an avid art collector and philanthropist, instigated the R T Nelson Sculpture Awards in 2021. His aim is to reward technique and true craftsmanship. Richard, who is originally from the USA, has lived in Wellington for the past 25 years.  


86 artworks by 65 artists were finalists in 2022, and the judge was contemporary oil painter, Lynne Sandri. Congratulations to Lissy and Rudi Robinson-Cole for winning the $15,000 Premier Award for their works artworks Harikoa – Aroā Nukunuku and Paki – He Taonga Tuku Iho, hand carvings embellished with crocheted neon NZ wool (pictured on the left).

To enter the awards click here


Artists Karl Fritsch and Laurie Steer and friends have created a site-specific response to, and celebration of, the work of legendary ceramicist, writer and conservationist Barry Brickell. The project was inspired by the collaborative, egalitarian creative environment cultivated by Brickell at his Driving Creek studio, which became a mecca for the New Zealand ceramics community from 1974 onwards.



For this exhibition, one ton of clay is being shipped from Driving Creek in Coromandel to Whangarei, where Karl, Laurie and a revolving cast of invited collaborators will use it as the foundation of a process-oriented exhibition of unfired work. In keeping with the spirit of autonomy and practicality that Brickell fostered in his life and work, the furniture, plinths and shelves for the exhibition will be constructed using recycled materials from the gallery’s storage warehouse.



Whangārei Art Museum

September 24 – January 2

Join us for the much-anticipated return of Uku Clay Hawke’s Bay – the Biennial National Ceramics Exhibition.


Hosted by Arts Inc. Heretaunga, Uku Clay Hawke’s Bay is a feast for avid ceramics enthusiasts, featuring some of the best clay works from our region and around New Zealand.


Incredibly diverse and thought-provoking, Uku provides an opportunity for ceramic artists across all cultures and communities to exhibit together, celebrating their shared love of clay. The exhibition showcases a mixture of unique objects, many different methods of making and firing techniques.


Uku is thrilled to announce New Plymouth artist Paul Maseyk as the selector for this, the third Biennial National Ceramics Exhibition. Paul creates highly decorated, complex ceramic works that are held in many public art galleries and collections around New Zealand and internationally.


Hastings Community Arts Centre

October 3-28, 2022

9.30am – 4pm 

uku clay awards 2022

club workshop for recreate bay of plenty

Recreate NZ was started in Auckland by a group of parents 17 years ago to help youth with an intellectual disability to embrace life. The charitable trust provides a mix of fun outdoor adventures, social opportunities and recreational activities for people aged 10 to 35 and operates in Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch as well as the Bay of Plenty.


Three years ago Recreate NZ brought its innovative programmes to the Bay of Plenty and now 80 or so local youth who experience a mild to moderate intellectual disabilities have a new lease on life.


Programmes are split into juniors (10-15), youth (15-25) and young adults (25-35) so age appropriate outings and activities can be organised for each group and new friendships can develop.


As part of their October school holiday programme a clay workshop was held recently at the club for those aged 15-25.