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 85+ 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
Derryn Robson
Email: robson.pyle@xtra.co.nz

47 Te Roto Road,
Otaki. 5512

Club Rooms

The Club has now relocated and is the owner of the building known as the Old Tote Building which is situated in the grounds of the Otaki Maori Racing Club.

There is a dedicated carpark for members and visitors at the rear of the building.

The Clubs newly renovated building comprises 2 separate classrooms, one for wheel classes and the other for hand building classes, a large well-equipped work area for members, a huge glazing room and a kiln room that houses the clubs 3 electric and 2 gas kilns. The club also now boasts its own gallery - named after the building - "The Tote Modern" 

Club Times

The club rooms are available to members between 6.30am and 10.00pm 365 days a year unless otherwise advised by management.

Club Day
Thursday mornings 10.00am – 12noon                                                                                  
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 school term:

  • Monday 7.00pm - 9.00pm Wheel class.
  • Tuesday 10am – 12 noon Beginners Wheels class.
  • Tuesdays - 7.00pm - 9.00pm Beginner Wheel class.
  • Wednesdays - 7.00pm - 9.00pm Creating in Clay
  • Thursday - 7.00pm - 9.00pm Beginners/Intermediate/Experienced hand building.
  • Fridays - 9.30am - 12.30am Intermediate/Experienced class covering all aspects of hand building and surface decoration. 
The Club works in partnership with Creative New Zealand to run a ‘Clay in Schools’ Project and after school Children’s Clay workshops.


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

Events and club activity

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.
With the much larger building we are now able to open our membership and offer a wider range of classes and workshops.

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

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