Remember under Covid-19 Framework ORANGE:

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: 

  • Wednesday April 20, Thursday, April 21, 6 – 8.30pm. Handbuild classes for 6 weeks. Studio closed from 4pm for class preparation.
  • Monday, May 2, Tuesday, May 3, 6 – 8.30pm. No classes Queen’s Birthday June 6/7. Wheel classes for 6 weeks. Studio closed from 4pm for class preparation.
  • Saturday, May 21 and May, 28, 9am – 12midday. Making Test glazes workshop. The third Saturday will be pickup and group discussion. 
  • Saturday May 21, 1 – 4pm and Saturday, June 4, 9am – 12md. Children’s classes.
  • Sunday, May 22, 1pm – 4pm. Clay, cuppa and chat.
  • Sunday, June 12, 9am – 4pm. Big Pot Workshop. 
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2pm – 5pm. BPC Committee meeting.
  • Sunday, June 19, 1pm – 4pm. Clay, cuppa and chat.
  • Saturday, July 16, 10am – 2pm. BPC Annual General Meeting. 

Important information


All members are able to go to the club rooms from Tuesday 5 April. Day visitors will also be allowed again.

As Covid is still very much in our community, and Omicron is highly infectious, we expect everyone to continue wearing masks while using the studio, unless you are the only person there. Scanning in is no longer required but please continue to ‘sign in’, and stay home if you are unwell. The door code will be sent out on Monday evening.


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 traffic light system:


  • Compulsory mask wearing
  • Signing in
  • Social distancing 
  • Stay home if you are unwell


  • Compulsory mask wearing
  • Signing in
  • Social distancing 
  • Stay home if you are unwell


  • Masks may not be required
  • 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 one of the members listed below to arrange an alternative day/time.

Lynda: 021 803 704

Cat: 021 163 7540

Millie: 021 210 1331

Juliet: 0212711433

Colleen: 021435330

Our Work


Clay, Cuppa & 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 run these afternoons on Sundays and the  next afternoons are Sunday, May 22 and Sunday, June 19, 1pm – 4pm. 

Miles art AWARDS 2022

The Miles Art Awards are a biennial event and exhibition and provide an opportunity for artists living in the Bay of Plenty to enter Tauranga’s premier art award. This is the seventh time the awards have been held.


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


The 2022 Award winners are:

Miles Supreme Award $10,000 to Hannah Valentine for Anytime (make it happen), 2021
Friends of Tauranga Art Gallery Award $1,000 to Kyle Sattler for Backfeed Blender (A response), 2021
Tauranga City Council Award $500 to Jaime Jenkins Bell Tower (blue), 2021
Ethel MacMillan Award $250 to Carolynn Pulefale-Tepou for Echoes, 2021
The Incubator Creative Hub Emerging Artist Award to Justine Munn for Whakapapa, 2021.


The Bay of Plenty Times People’s Choice Award will be announced after public voting in May.


Bethlehem Club members, Jaime Jenkins, Anett Pilz and Ruth Vickers, are finalists, and Jaime is the winner of the Tauranga City Council Award for her work Bell Tower (blue).  Well done Jaime, Anett and Ruth. 


Tauranga Art Gallery

4 February – 15 May 2022

Ruth Vickers, The Earth Series ONE, 2021
Anett Pilz, Dancing dishes, 2021
Jaime Jenkins, Bell Tower (blue), 2021
Nerikomi bowl, Barbara Gittings, U.K.
Example of kurinuki bowl

workshops at rotorua potters group

Nerikomi 2 Day workshop
Alex Wilkinson
Saturday, June 4, 10 – 3 and Sunday, June 5, 10 – 3
Nerikomi (often referred to as “neriage”) is a decorative process established in Japan that involves laminating several colored clays together and then slicing through the cross section to reveal a pattern, which can then be used in various ways. Nerikomi designs provide a wonderful way to work three dimensionally with patterns and images. In England it is known as agateware.
Kurinuki 2 Day workshop 
Elena Renker
Saturday, July 2, 10 – 3pm and Sunday, July 3, 10 – 3

Kurinuki is a traditional Japanese form of hand-building. This tradition involves shaping a solid block of clay and carving out a vessel. The technique implies a more sculptural approach to clay forming, thus creating an excellent interior and exterior of the item. The aim of Kurinuki ceramics is to craft pottery spontaneously so that it looks “alive.” For this purpose, a ceramicist creates raw and sculptural vessels and avoids refined and smooth finishing.

If you are interested in any of the workshops, please email The courses will be advertised on Facebook a month before the start date.


handbuilding workshop with jenni taris

“For me clay is the vehicle to take my inner emotions on a journey into infinite creativity. Using illusions of form, showing physical strength and the inner emotion to give answers to questions. This journey includes and extends my family life by sharing this harmony and embedding it into the sculptural form without losing the texture and soul of the clay”.

Bethlehem Pottery Club members only.

Date: to be confirmed. Possibly July

Cost: $110.00 includes 10kg clay

Please note, Jenni has requested that only members with a vaccine pass attend her workshop.

Hand building workshop with fiona tunnicliffe


Award winning ceramic artist Fiona Tunnicliffe has been working as a full time potter for over 30 years. Her beautiful pieces almost always use animal forms as a starting point. Each of Tunnicliffe’s formed ceramic animals seem to exude their own unique personality. The unique charm of each of her pieces is enhanced by the textures, patterns, text, and relief work she applies to the sculpture’s coat and shape. Her work is collected and treasured widely.


Fiona has won numerous accolades for her work including people’s choice awards and overall section winners at key New Zealand Art and Ceramic exhibitions.


Fiona divides her time between making and exhibiting her work in galleries throughout New Zealand, and teaching ceramic art.


The club has secured two dates for Fiona’s workshops as they are so popular and so much fun.  Cost includes bisque firing of two pieces, but you will need to BYO clay (5kg approx) that has some grog in it.  

Bethlehem Pottery Club members only.
Dates: Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, 26; Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21.  
Cost: $150.00, incudes bisque firing of 2 pieces

ceramics nz diamond jubilee exhibition 2021


Ceramics NZ Diamond Jubilee exhibition – view a video of the exhibition. 


The Pot House

BPC members may be interested in a group show which could be themed such as an all mug show. AnettPilz is having a solo show there next month.


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.


The dates available for 2022 are:

15 July – 14 August

16 September – 9 October

14 October – 6 November


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



cape to cape 2022

Cape to Cape 2022 is our Regional Ceramics Competition. With some of the best submissions we’ve ever seen expected, this year is looking promising! If you would like to know more, visit our submission page below.

The incubator


the pot house



Clear as mud 2022