Waikato Society of Potters
The Waikato Society of Potters was formed in 1972.

The Society is a non-profit making organisation and the committee (all volunteers) meet once a month and consists of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and committee members.

Members are from the greater Waikato and include people who are interested in pottery as a hobby, as well as professional, full-time potters. In addition there is a part time manager employed to oversee the studio facilities and arrange the teaching calendar.


The Society’s rooms are located at Ward Park Art Centre, corner Ward Street and Seddon Road, Hamilton. Equipment for use by members includes electric kilns, one gas kiln, wood kiln, raku kiln, 12 electric potter wheels, a slab roller, extruders, glaze spray booths and moulds, library, office and kitchen area.

Annual Open Day

The Society holds an open day at ward Park Art Centre once per year. The Open Day provides social contact between potters and the public. Potters are available to answer questions and demonstrate handwork and throwing techniques on the electric wheel. Open Days are necessary to promote the Society and to give potters/members an opportunity to sell their work.

Play With Clay Sessions.

Tuesday evening 6.30pm-9pm, Wednesday mornings 9.30am - midday
These are informal sessions where students pay per session and learn at their own pace. Everyone is welcome to come along and have a go with clay. Play with Clay runs continuously throughout the year. Experienced potters are on hand to help you through any difficulty and give you some inspiration. Free tea and Coffee. $10 for non-members, $5 for members.

  Previous Newsletters

President –Wendy Ball
Vice President – Caryl Ginever
Treasurer –Sarah Lee
Secretary – Sanet Jooste
Newsletter –Bea Mossop
Play with Clay- Margaret Raine, Yasmin Davis, Heather Shearer, Alex Wilkinson, Libby Cameron, Wilhelmiina Drummond

Committee members
President: Wendy Ball
Treasurer: Sarah Lee (returning)
Secretary: Sanet Jooste (returning)
General Committee members:
Caryl Ginever (returning)
Yasmin Davis (returning)
David Kenny (returning)
Jenni Taris
Margaret Raine
Mindho Singh

Subscriptions are due 1 April each year.
Cheques are payable to the:
Waikato society of potters,
P.O. Box 9299

ADULT $60.00
CHILD $10 per child

Where are we?
Our postal address is:
PO Box 9299, Waikato Mail Centre, 
Hamilton 3240

Our physical address is:
Ward Park, corner Ward Street and Seddon Road, Hamilton
Enter off Seddon Rd at the yellow "Arts and Crafts" sign

Phone/fax: 07 8381950

Email: info@waikatopotters.co.nz


We offer various morning classes 9.30am-12.30pm, and evening classes 6.30pm-9.30pm. See our website www.waikatopotters.co.nz for a current class schedule.

The W.S.P. offers pottery classes at its extensive and well equipped studios near the centre of town. Each class is taught by a professional potter and every student is guaranteed a wheel. $190 plus materials and firing ($160 for WSP members).

42nd WSP Exhibition 2014

Annual Exhibitions

This is a high quality exhibition, which seeks to show the public a selection of pottery that members of the Waikato Society of potters are producing today. The entries are selected by a different guest selector/exhibitor each year. The selector is invited to exhibit his/her work as a feature of the exhibition and they generally tutor a workshop prior to the opening of the exhibition.


Weekend Workshops by visiting local and international potters are organized for society members and students. Members pay a registration fee to cover materials and tutors fees.

Resident Potters/Artists

The rooms at Ward Park Art Centre accommodate up to four resident Potters or Artists. One of the society’s objectives is to encourage and help the studio potter, artist or craftsperson in the pursuit of his/her art or craft.


Every second month a newsletter is sent to all financial members. The newsletter contains information on coming events, new hints, articles on workshops and visiting potters, equipment for sale, etc. Contributions of articles are always welcome. See the website for deadlines and contact information.


The WSP has its own website which helps to keep members and the general public aware of what’s happening at the studio. It includes more information about classes and the open day as well as upcoming events. www.waikatopotters.co.nz


A firing service based on the size of each piece is available to all students and members of the society, visit the studio for more information also kilns are available for hire to members. Booking are made, and paid for, prior to loading.

Contact Bea Mossop on manager@waikatopotters.co.nz or 07 8381950.

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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