View from the street

Studio Closed

The studio is closed to club members:

  • Glaze room open again – members need to have completed glaze room induction first before using the space.
  • Wednesdays, 6pm – 8.30pm. Wheel classes. Studio closed from 4pm to prepare for classes.
  • Thursdays, 6pm – 8.30pm. Hand building classes. Studio closed from 4pm to prepare for classes.
  • Saturday, June 22nd, all day. Second glaze workshop with Duncan Shearer.
  • Saturday, 10am, July 20th. BPC Annual General Meeting. All members expected to attend.

portage 2024

Te Uru is delighted to present the Portage Ceramic Awards 2024. This annual award provides a vital platform to showcase the diversity of contemporary clay practices in Aotearoa.



Entries open: 19th April, 2024

Entries close: 10th June 2024, 12noon

Shortlisted entries notified: 2nd August 2024

Shortlisted works received: 6th September, 2024

Finalists announced: 7th October, 2024

Awards Announced: 21st November, 2024

Exhibition at Te Uru: 22nd November, 2024 – 2nd February, 2025


Read the terms and conditions – click here

winter pottery exhibition

The Arts Village is hosting a Winter Pottery Exhibition from the 24th of May.
There is pottery from three local clubs: Rotorua Potters Group, Waikato Society of Potters and Bethlehem Pottery Club, as well as independent artists. And that adds up to seeing some stunning work on display.


Big Boy Noodles – Ruth Vickers. Ruth is a BPC member and tutor. Winner of the Outstanding Established Artist award, sponsored by Botpots. Fantastic work Ruth.



Judy Chappell another BPC member won the Best Handbuilding Award with this pot. Wonderful work. Congrats Judy.


The other award winners are shown here.


Hope to see you all there!
the arts village, 1240 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua.
May 24th – June 22nd

Hours: Tues-Fri 9am – 3.30pm Sat 10am-2pm

Sea anemone –  Juliet Fitzgerald.

Juliet, a member of the BPC, won the Premier Award of Excellence for her Sea Anemone vessel. The award is sponsored by Mystery Creek Ceramics. Well done Juliet.

molly morpeth canaday awards 2024

The Molly Morpeth Canaday Award 2024 recipients have been announced.


There were 495 entries which were whittled down to 63 finalists, with Elliot Collins selected as the supreme winner of the MMCA 2024. Elliot collected $10,000 and plenty of plaudits at the opening of this year’s event at the Whakatāne Library and Exhibition Centre, presented by Arts Whakatāne.


Collins, who has a Ph.D. Visual Art from AUT and is a senior academic staff member at Taranaki’s Western Institute of Technology, has two works in this year’s finalists exhibition, and won the top prize for Did you get the watercress I left you?, made from acrylic, wood and a shopping trolley.


Ruth Vickers from BPC was a finalist – congratulations Ruth.


The award, in its 38th year, aims to highlight and celebrate excellence in fine art throughout Aotearoa. 

Did you get the watercress I left you? –  winning work – Elliot Collins

Dust – Ruth Vickers, finalist

Sculpture Festival 2024 - Call for Exhibiting Artists

quartz museum of studio ceramics


emerging practitioner in clay award

Salt glazed pots – Mirek Smíšek

Jugs and teapots – Ross Mitchell-Anyon


Clay available

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



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RT Nelson Awards for Sculpture 2024

The 2024 RT Nelson Awards for Sculpture were displayed at the NZ Art Show held at the TSB Arena in Wellington at King’s Birthday weekend.


30 sculptors were selected as finalists. The prize pool was a massive $25,000.


New Plymouth based artist, Milarky, was a finalist this year (see left).




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