Ashburton Pottery Society

Kathy O’Neill from Timaru inspired eleven of our members and provided us with a very enjoyable and informative weekend workshop on the 5th and 6th March at our pottery clubrooms.

She introduced us to a new clay (to us), BRT Raku that we found very forgiving and easy to work with. On the Saturday we tried our hand at a new coiling method producing sculptural pieces with some interesting korus, birds and the more adventurous produced some wonderful figurines. We are most fortunate to have several younger people within our club who have an artistic flair and are always willing to help.

On the Sunday Kathy demonstrated how to do bridging on our sculptures. Again there were some pleasing results of torsos, figurines and vases with a hole through. Kathy taught us to look at the negative space around our sculptures as well as many other valuable pieces of advice.

We all had a wonderful weekend and decided we are only limited by our imagination. The general feeling was that it was a very worthwhile workshop with lots of learning and fellowship not to mention the tasty shared lunches.

We are now working toward some interesting pots for our annual exhibition at the Ashburton Art Gallery from September 26th until October 7th where Kathy will be one of our guest potters.

On February 27th we held a raku day experimenting with some new glazes. Some turned out better than others but Kathy has kindly asked us down to Timaru in the near future for a raku firing. Our grateful thanks to Kathy, we are all looking forward to that day.

Aileen Brake
8-Mar-05

Secretary Lynne Brewster's contact number is 03 308 1635



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