Wellington Potters' Association
130 Grant Road
Thorndon
P O Box 850
Wellington
Telephone: 04 473 3680 

Email: wellingtonpotters@gmx.com
Website:
http://wellingtonpotters.org.nz/
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Welcome

The Wellington Potters' Association (WPA) welcomes new members. If you have always hankered to play with clay but have not had the opportunity, or if you are an experienced potter, we cater for all levels of interest, experience and competence.

The WPA is based at the Wellington Potters Centre on the edge of Wellington's Green Belt in Thorndon, close to the central city with easy access by public transport. For the historically minded the WPA was incorporated in 1958 and is therefore probably one of the oldest such potters club in the country. Its members are predominantly Wellington based studio and hobby potters but with a significant number of country members who keep in touch with our activities through our monthly Newsletter.

We hold exhibitions at least once a year. Throughout the year we hold specialised weekend workshops with visiting overseas and local tutors.

The club also has an anagama kiln at Horokiwi on the hills overlooking Somes Island that provides opportunities for local potters to undertake wood firing.
Wellington Potters Centre
 
Wellington Potters Association - New Website

Wellington Potters now have a new website which will carry all of the latest news and happenings.

The URL is http://wellingtonpotters.org.nz/

Potter in Residence at Wellington Potters’ Association. Calling potters and ceramic artists!

We are offering an opportunity for a potter or ceramic artist to use the Potter-in-Residence studio at Wellington Potters’ Association clubrooms for a 3-month period.  The residency will give someone time for concentrated work, to do some experimenting, get together a body of work, or prepare for an exhibition…… whatever your goal.

The offer is open to potters and ceramic artists from New Zealand and overseas.

Alan Ross is recording the story of WPA’s Te Haunui anagama kiln chapter by chapter. You can follow this story in the Features section of this website.

What the Centre Has To Offer
  • Excellent, secure and readily accessible facilities with good parking
  • 24 hour access
  • Kilns (4 electric).
  • Wheels (12 electric and kick wheels).
  • Extensive library professionally maintained.
  • A collection of work by many internationally recognised potters
  • Spacious work areas.
  • Evening and weekend classes catering for different levels of competency.
  • Workshops and demonstrations.
  • Technical advice from experienced members.
  • Visiting potters.
  • Potter in Residence.
  • Annual exhibitions.
  • Talks/films/videos/slide evenings.
  • Clay available for purchase.
  • Use of club glazes.
  • Social activity.
  • Informative Newsletter.
  • Club days/evenings

You can read our monthly newsletter by clicking the link at the top of this page.

If you wish to sample what we have to offer or are visiting Wellington send us an email or give us a call.

To Join

You may download an application form for joining Wellington Potters Association. Please read the requirements for Membership on the second page of this sheet then complete this form in full. Either place it in the safe at the WPA Rooms at 130 Grant Road Thorndon, mail it to Wellington Potters at P O Box 850, Te Aro, Wellington 6140, or email it to wellingtonpotters@gmx.com. The Committee will consider the application at the next committee meeting and get back to you.   Please do not make any payment until your membership has been accepted.

Download an print off the application form for Wellington Potters Association

Membership Categories Fee
Single $70
Double $90
Single (with key for 24-hour access) $140
Double (with key for 24-hour access) $180
Country member (Lives beyond 40 km from Wellington.  Entitles you to newsletter and participation in WPA exhibitions.) $35
Double membership is for two members living at the same address.  


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Classes at Wellington Potters Association  

Classes at Wellington Potters Association

 

 

  • Mondays 9.30am – 11.30am, 6th November for 7 weeks. Throwing for Beginners with Galit Maxwell, for WPA members who are new to the wheel or for those who would like to improve their basic skills. The course will cover the practical skills of wedging, centring, throwing cylinders & bowls & trimming. Students will learn in theory about different types of clay & variety of techniques. Contact maxwellgalit@gmail.com to enrol. Cost for 7 weeks course $200, to be paid in advance. Clay & firing costs extra.
  • Mondays 5.30pm - 7.30pm, Handbuilding and Throwing with Anthea Grob, 8 week sessions 16 October 2017 (class is full; contact Community Education Centre cec@whs.school.nz to join waiting list).
  • Tuesdays 5.30pm - 7.30pm, Throwing, All Levels, with Mauritz Basson, 8 week sessions from 17 October 2017 (class is full; contact Community Education Centre cec@whs.school.nz to join waiting list).
  • Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9.00pm, Throwing, All Levels, with Mauritz Basson, 8 week sessions from 17 October 2017 (class is full; contact Community Education Centre cec@whs.school.nz to join waiting list).
  • Wednesday 6.30pm – 8.45pm, 8th November for 7 weeks. Throwing for Beginners and Advanced Beginners with Galit Maxwell, for WPA members who are new to the wheel or for those who would like to improve their basic skills. The course will cover the practical skills of wedging, centring, throwing cylinders & bowls & trimming. Students will learn in theory about different types of clay & variety of techniques. Contact maxwellgalit@gmail.com to enrol. Cost for 7 weeks course $200, to be paid in advance. Clay & firing costs extra.
  • Thursdays, 9.30am – 11.30am, 19th October for 8 weeks, Handbuilding with Peter Rumble; contact Community Education Centre cec@whs.school.nz to register.
  • Thursday 7.00pm – 9.15pm, 9th November for 7 weeks. Throwing for Beginners and Advanced Beginners with Galit Maxwell, for WPA members who are new to the wheel or for those who would like to improve their basic skills. The course will cover the practical skills of wedging, centring, throwing cylinders & bowls & trimming. Students will learn in theory about different types of clay & variety of techniques. Contact maxwellgalit@gmail.com to enrol. Cost for 7 weeks course $200, to be paid in advance. Clay & firing costs extra.
  • Fridays, 9.45am - 12pm: 20th October for 8 weeks. All about glaze with Anthea Grob. For WPA members with some experience. All about getting your own glazes.  Suitable for potters who have used club glazes prior to this and want to know more. It is especially useful for students who have had previous problems with glaze. Covers: What is in a glaze; making up recipes safely; making glazes a bit easier to apply; making test tiles and kiln shelf protection; testing, textures and colours, washes, resists, making up glazes for brushing. As per other courses, this one may morph a little according to student interests. Limited to ten students. You do not have to be a chemist or mathematician to take this course, it is largely practical. This class is for students who have done a 6-week introduction or equivalent it will have very little making of ceramics except for test items. Contact grobanthea@gmail.com, or 9726672 within office hours. Cost for 8 week course: $200, to be paid in advance. Clay and firing costs extra.
  • Saturdays 8.30am - 10.30am: 21st October for 8 weeks. Beginners Mixed Handbuilding and Throwing classes with Anthea Grob (*times changing to 8-10am if a club workshop held in the Rooms). For WPA members who are new to clay. This is a mixed hand-building and throwing class. It will include the basics of clay, how to prepare and look after it, bisquing, glaze application, aspects of the design element texture. The class is for members of WPA who are new to clay, and those students who may wish to repeat the beginners’ course. Contact grobanthea@gmail.com, or 9726672 within office hours. Cost for 8 week course: $200, to be paid in advance.  Clay and firing costs extra.   
*note courses can only go ahead if there are sufficient enrolments, otherwise the course will be postponed or cancelled and enrolment fee refunded  
All classes are held at the WPA rooms at 130 Grant Road, Thorndon, Wellington.

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