Hakatere Ceramics and Pottery Ashburton
23 Manse St
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Membership Application Form
C/- 1 Elmwood Grove
Ashburton 7700
027 437 9696
Mick Hydes - mick.hydes@xtra.co.nz -
027 437 9696
Vice President:
Alison Jackson - alisondustyjackson@gmail.com -
021 144 6411
Zara Gilson - Zahra.gilson@gmail.com
021 488 8256
Sanae Hydes - sanaeh@xtra.co.nz
027 243 0683 
How it all began

Our group formed in early 2015 after a small group of learner potters learnt they were no longer welcome at another club. This group was keen to carry on and they were joined by a number of others who had suffered a similar fate.  After many attempts to find a compromise to allow use of the facilities were rejected the only option was to start afresh and Hakatere Ceramics was formed.

The core members each made a very generous donation to kick start a working account.  Because of this, we could move forward with confidence.

Our meetings and workshop were in Zahra’s double garage (thanks for your patience Mike) until a suitable premise that we could afford was located.  Word soon circulated and we had lots of ex potters and new people approach us offering equipment and help.  In January, 2016 we secured our current premise and set about turning it into a fantastic studio. With lots of kind people stepping up with donated items and some loan items the studio soon took shape.  Its humbling when a visiting Potter comes to our studio and says they can’t believe we are such a young club as it looks like we have been going for years.

We have a very good ratio of seasoned Potters and newbies, with everyone focused on teaching or learning and sometimes both at the same time.  We are from all walks of life, with a good mix of couples, women and men, from the ancient to the very young, with one common goal, to have fun and enjoy turning a pile of mud into wonderful creations.


We publish a quarterly newsletter, The Potters Post, with information about past and future club events along with articles of general interest including events run by other clubs

Equipment for members use:

We have 5 electric  wheels, 1 kick wheel, 2 electric Kilns, 1 gas kiln, slab roller, 2 extruders, glaze station and a great selection of magazines and books on pottery.


These will be listed here as soon as they are confirmed with the tutor running the workshop


23rd November – 1st December 2017.  Emmily Harmer Photography and Framing 179 West Street, ASHBURTON.  Opening night 23rd starts at 7:30pm with an RSVP by the 16th November.

Jane McCulla Ceramics

Ceramic artist Jane McCulla’s fascination with clay, and its ecological and archaeological connotations, is evident in the power of her sculptural work. Influenced by the great Land Artists and her own experience of remote landscapes and seascapes, Jane’s ceramic forms reflect her sensitive exploration of mankind’s mark on the landscape and his vulnerability to the whim of nature. Physical traces communicate man’s presence, but ultimately earthly cycles prevail. “I feel overwhelmed by the beauty, scale and miraculous intricacies of nature,” says Jane.

When she graduated in 2006, from the University of Ulster with a first-class BA Honours degree in Fine and Applied Arts, these concepts informed the series, “Rhythmic Traces”, created for her degree show. She has developed many individual and unique series of ceramic pieces since, exploring and experimenting with colour, texture, scale and form. She is particularly interested in creating exciting and unusual results with various firing techniques, and is especially influenced by ancient Japanese Bizen firing methods. She visited Japan on an exchange trip in 2013, and previously St Ives UK, Australia, Rome, Crete and Tasmania to research and develop her ceramic practice.

Jane is originally from Northern Ireland and relocated to New Zealand in 2009. She spent ten months in Riverton, Southland and then in July 2010 the family moved to Lyttelton, Canterbury. Jane has since set up a home-based studio in Diamond Harbour. She teaches regularly at Canterbury Potters Association in Christchurch and has completed public art projects including, “The Lyttel People Community Land Art Mandala” at Albion Sq in Lyttelton after the Canterbury earthquakes. Her hand built ceramics can be sourced in galleries and retail outlets listed on her comprehensive website.

Jane has received numerous awards for her ceramic pieces including a Merit Award in 2013 at the prestigious Portage Ceramic Awards based in Auckland NZ. She has exhibited in London, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Her work is in the University of Ulster Collection, Lopdell House Portage Ceramic Awards Collection and the private collection of a former President of Ireland. It has also been featured in publications Ceramic Review, Ceramics Ireland, CQ, Urbis and London Vogue.

For further information contact:                    
Jane McCulla Ceramic Artist                                                                            
19 Ngatea Rd
RD1 Diamond Harbour
Lyttelton 8971

Tel:                 033299619 Mob:0226353911
Email:             janemcculla@gmail.com
Website:         www.janemccullaceramics.com
Facebook:     www.facebook.com/JaneMcCullaCeramics
Instagram:     Jane McCulla

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Registered as an incorporated society in 1965 by an enthusiastic group of potters in Wellington, New Zealand, Ceramics NZ has grown to become a significant international voice in New Zealand ceramics. The affiliation of about three dozen independent pottery clubs throughout New Zealand together with a number of corporate businesses greatly increases its effective membership. We are a national, not-for-profit organisation representing the interests of practising potters and ceramicists, students of ceramics and all those interested in New Zealand ceramics. We actively support and promote quality, and we encourage and support specialist ceramics education nationally.
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