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Remember under Covid-19 Framework RED:

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:

  • Wednesday 9th February, 2.00pm – 5pm. Committee Meeting.

  • Thursday, 10th February 8am – 2.00pm, new vinyl being laid.

  • Saturday 19th February, 12noon – 5.00pm. Hen’s party.

  • Sunday 20th February, 1pm-4pm Clay, Chat & a Cuppa afternoon. 

  • Saturday, March 5th, 12th, 19th 9am – 12noon. Making Test glazes workshops. The third Saturday is pickup and group discussion.
  • Sunday 13th March, 9am – 4pm. Big Pot Workshop
  • Wednesday 17th March, 4.00pm – 9.00pm.  “Summer Dip” workshop. 

  • Handbuild Classes  start Wednesday February 2nd & Thursday February 3rd 6pm – 8.30pm
  • Wheel Classes start Monday February 14th & Tuesday February 15th 6pm – 8.30pm

Important information

 

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:

RED:

  • 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

GREEN:

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

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

NEW MEMBERS' AFTERNOON

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 afternoon will be on Sunday 20th February at 1pm.

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.
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
Before
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PORTAGE CERAMIC AWARDS 2021

Portage 2021 presents the 33 works selected by judge and two-time Portage winner Raewyn Atkinson from 226 entries.

 

The winner of the Premier Portage Ceramic Award for 2021 is Teresa Peters for ECHOES. This is a clay collection presented as a framed photographic work and the first time a photograph has received the title in the award’s 21-year history. 

 

Merit Awards:

Andrea du Chatenier for Softfall

Fiona Jack for Rahu bottles  

 

The finalists this year are:  Greg Barron, Blue Black, Phil Brooks, Oliver Cain, Madeleine Child, Andrea du Chatenier, Liz Fea, Mel Ford, Emelia French, Mark Goody, Fiona Jack, Jino Jeong, Chuck Joseph, Keum-Sun Lee & Sang-Sool Shim, Matt McLean, Teresa Peters, Louise Rive, John Roy, Rick Rudd, Takaaki Sakaguchi, Aaron Scythe, Liz Sharek, Duncan Shearer, Rebecca Steedman, Marie Strauss and David Milne, Toby Twiss, Janna van Hasselt, Alex Wilkinson and Ben Wilson. 

 

Portage exhibition: 4 December 2021 – 27 February 2022

Also on at Te Uru is another ceramics show. Jess Johnson presents Antireality perversion void, a collection of ceramic objects by makers whose works share an affinity for the gothic, punk, macabre, mythological, and magical.
 
Johnson has designed an immersive and playful environment to house the works from artists Janet Beckhouse, Emily Hunt, Rose Salmon, Nichola Shanley and Laurie Steer, making for a dramatic contrast with the Portage exhibition.
 
Antireality perversion void exhibition: 4 December 2021 – 27 February 2022
 
Below: Janet Beckhouse, Retribution (detail), 2016, stoneware, glaze, slip, gold wax. Courtesy of the artist and Ivan Anthony Gallery.
 
 

DIAMOND JUBILEE 60TH NATIONAL EXHIBITION AWARDS 2021

DIAMOND JUBILEE 60TH NATIONAL EXHIBITION AWARDS 2021

23 October – 20 November 2021

This special exhibition was held in Ōtepoti Dunedin to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first exhibition of New Zealand Studio Potters, held at the Otago Museum in November 1957.

 

Kevin Kilsby was the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the National Exhibition 

 
 

WAICLAY national ceramic exhibition

Waiclay National Ceramic Awards has been held biannually for the last 20 years and continues to promote excellence in clay work in partnership with Waikato Museum, Hamilton.

 

This year’s selector/judge was Prue Venables from Australia. Prue was studying the flute in London in 1977 when she first touched clay. Since then, she has devoted her time and energy to the mastery of porcelain, becoming one of Australia’s most skilled and lauded potters with numerous national and international exhibitions, awards and publications to her name.

 

Prue graduated from the Harrow College of Art in London with a Diploma of Studio Pottery and holds a Masters of Fine Art – Ceramics from RMIT. She is currently living in Castlemaine, Victoria. Prue’s work is collected by major institutions in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, UK, USA, Canada, and Japan. Prue has also mentored and taught generations of ceramicists. 

 

Her pots explore complex and unusual approaches to working with porcelain, challenge the significance of daily objects and highlight the richness that they bring to our lives. Prue is a former President of Craft Victoria, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London.

 

Exciting ceramic pieces from all over New Zealand are showcased in this year’s Waiclay exhibition which was rescheduled from November due to Covid restrictions.

 

More than 50 works by prominent and emerging ceramic artists have been selected for this biennial exhibition staged in partnership with Waikato Museum since 2001.

 

Renowned for promoting excellence in ceramic art practice, the 20th anniversary show also features works by current Waiclay selector Australian ceramicist Prue Venables, and previous judges including Bruce Denhert (USA), Janet DeBoos (Australia), and Kasumi Ueda (Japan). 

 

Image: Work by Prue Venables, Waiclay Judge 2022

 

Waiclay exhibition, Waikato Museum:

22 January – 10 April 2022

Owen Bartlett, The Perforated Receptacle with Lugs of Gold, white earthenware
 
Background: Katie Gold, Coloured Bloomers, white earthenware.
 

Fire and earth

Fire and Earth: Contemporary Ceramics from the Top of the South
 
Suter Art Gallery
13 November – 13 February 2022
 
If anyone is heading south this summer drop in and have a look at this show at the Suter Art Gallery in Nelson.
 
Fire and Earth is an exhibition that highlights the quality of ceramics produced by some of the best makers in the country, ranging from  contemporary interpretations of traditional domestic ware to conceptual installation pieces and perfectly realised vessels,