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: 

  • Thursdays, 6 – 8.30pm. Handbuild classes. Studio closed from 4pm for class preparation.
  • Mondays and Tuesdays, 6 – 8.30pm. Wheel classes. Studio closed from 4pm for class preparation.
  • Wednesdays, 5.30-8.30pm. Switching to Tuesdays starting August 16. Members club evening. New and older members all welcome.
  • Friday, August 19, 4pm onwards. Private workshop.
  • Sunday, August 21, 8.30am – 4pm. Power shutdown.
  • Friday, August 26, 10am – 1pm. Otumoetai College student workshop. 

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.

Children's exhibition



Important information


Covid is still very much in our community, and since 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. 


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

Juliet: 0212711433

Colleen: 021435330

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 is a cash prize of $8000.

Submissions close September 15 at 5pm.

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. 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



Clear as mud 2022



Quarry Ceramics Awards 2022


Quarry Ceramics Awards 2022


coloured clay workshop

Coloured Clay Workshop with Alex Wilkinson


Saturday & Sunday, September, 3rd and 4th, 9.00am -3.00pm 


Cost $240.00. Includes 10kg clay (40.00) & stains ($70.00). 

Maximum 12 students (BPclub members only)


In this workshop you will discover ideas about paper clay, decorating using coloured clay patterns and hand built functional tableware. Nerikomi is the traditional Japanese technique of hand building with coloured clay. During the workshop you will use stains to colour clay, then coloured sections will be layered and folded to create lines, shapes and patterns either at random or in specific places with the goal being a functional vessel. 10kg of paper clay will be provided to every student in this class pre-stained and ready to get building. Any clay not used in the workshop will be able to be taken home, so the participants have a head start in their coloured clay journey. This is the perfect workshop to do if you have never really taken to glazing as a form of decoration, you love pattern and don’t mind a bit of serendipitous decoration from the making process.


Alex Wilkinson has an honours degree in sculpture specialising in ceramic art from the Waikato Institute of Technology. She is also the maker behind the functional ware business Mystery Creek Ceramics. Mystery Creek Ceramics Supplies galleries throughout New Zealand and Singapore and specialises in the art of Nerikomi or folding coloured clay. Alex’s sculptural work has got into juried exhibitions all over New Zealand including the following shows in 2021; The National Contemporary Art Award, Portage, Waiclay, The Molly Morpeth Sculpture Exhibition and the Diamond Jubilee Exhibition of the Ceramics Association of NZ.