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View from the street

Studio Closed

The studio is closed: 

  • Friday, October 7, 12noon – 5pm. Private workshop.
  • Wednesday, October 14, 1.30pm-4pm. BPC Committee meeting.
  • Mondays and Tuesdays, 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.

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

pushing clay uphill 2022

Forsyth Barr, Arts Council Nelson and Nelson Clay week are sponsoring an awards show Pushing Clay Uphill at the Refinery Art Space in Nelson. The call is for original artworks that push boundaries and challenge the norm. Works must feature clay as the primary medium. Works can be 2D or 3D.


The Forsyth Barr Contemporary Ceramics Award has a cash prize of $8000.


Submissions closed on September 15.

Refinery Art Space, Nelson
Date: October 1 to 15, 2022

nelson clay week 2022


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.


The dates available for 2022 are:

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



Clear as mud 2022



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

bay of plenty garden and art festival 2022