Otaki Pottery Club

Otaki Pottery Club was formed in 1989 when a group of enthusiastic people got together to establish the Club and organised a building situated on the Campus of Otaki College.

The Club is a non-profit organization with 74 members run by a committee which meets monthly.   Each month a Club Newsletter is circulated to financial members, detailing upcoming events and general information about the Club.

Previous Newsletters
Rod Graham
Home (06) 364 5065
Mobile 0274 457 545
Email  rodgraham@xtra.co.nz
Caitlin Taylor
Mobile 021390888
Email otakipotteryclub@gmail.com
Ann Porter
Home(04) 902 1647
Email: daveann@clear.net.nz
Club Rooms

The Rooms are situated at the back of Otaki College overlooking the College sports field with an inspiring view of the Tararua Ranges.

The Club has an extensive complex incorporating a large work room with formica topped benches, six new Shimpo wheels, a drying room for pots, two 10 cu.ft. Electric kilns, a Gas kiln, a library and a glazing room with a large variety of glazes available for members use.

Club Times

Monday evenings 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Wednesday mornings 10.00am – 12 noon.

This time is when members meet to work on their projects and freely share their knowledge and ideas with each other. Visitors are always welcome to visit the club during these times.


Community classes are held each term:

  • Monday evenings 7.00pm - 9.00pm Advanced wheel class
  • Tuesdays - 7.00pm - 9.00pm Getting started on the Wheel
  • Wednesdays - 7.00pm - 9.00pm Creating in Clay
  • Thursday - 7.00pm - 9.00pm Sculptural and Garden Pieces
  • Fridays - 9.30am - 12.30am Hands on with Clay

The Club works in partnership with Creative New Zealand to run a ‘Clay in Schools’ Project and after school Childrens’ Clay workshops.

For information and enrolment please contact:
Margaret Hunt: 06 3648053

Regular workshops with visiting potters are organised for club members for whom members pay a registration fee to cover materials and tutor fees.

Raku and Pit firings are arranged several times a year to add interest to the Club activities. These are listed in the club Newsletter.

The club also holds an annual Community Raku day - weather permitting always held on the first Saturday in December.
Please email the secretary if you would like to be advised of the date for the next Community Raku day.

The ‘Festival of Pots and Garden Art’ is held in January every year at Anam Cara.  http://www.festivalpots.com.

Ceramics Association of New Zealand

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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