Wakatipu Potters Group
Contact Persons
Martha Matthews, President
Clare Waddick Secretary
Lynley Norris Treasurer
Di Fox Studio Manager
Debbie Andrews Membership
Stuart Buxton Education






53 Stanley Street,
Queenstown 9300
Queenstown Art Centre building.

Visitor Open Nights

6pm – 8pm every Wednesday (excluding the months of December, January) year round
$20pp donation, plus $5 per piece for two firings.
General Information

We are a collective of talents, beginner to experienced hobbyist, from all walks of life, aged late teens to senior years.  A few members have formal Ceramics education but most of us have learned thru visitor nights, mentored assistance, pottery websites, local library information, fellow club member insight,  trial and error, and more recently, local workshops taught by professional potters also visiting Queenstown.

Ten months of the year(Feb - early Dec), we open our Studio to Visitor’s from 6 – 8pm each Wednesday (closed December and January), $20 Entry pp.Visitor Night is open to local community and visitors alike.  Club members volunteer their time and knowledge hosting a low-key, fun environment to get dirty with clay (and the best value in Queenstown nightlife too!).  Our members assist, and educate how clay works, what our vocabulary is, safety elements, and pointers for success in design and fabrication.  Each night is a little different as discovered by the more than 600 visitors attending last year!  But be aware that this evening is a first come/first in event and during tourist seasons, there is always a queue!  Our space is limited to 16 participants each week.  Visitor night is no longer available for children under the age of 16.  Should participants wish to fire their Artwork, we charge $5 for two firings (Bisque and Mid-fire Glaze).

Anyone that attends our Visitor’s Night for 5 sessions is welcomed to apply to join as a permanent member for an annual fee.  Once granted membership, everyone must have a Health and Safety briefing before being allowed to use the Studio 24/7.

Since 2012, our census has doubled thanks to the commitment and enthuasism of our members volunteering to do what it takes to keep the club strong.  We have been lucky to qualify for several trusts, which help to manage our equipment or assist in funding community activities.  But as Queenstown’s city structure undergoes changes we must be prepared for that change too.  Our eyes and ears are open to these plans and we look forward to working with Council to ensure art education in Ceramic Arts continues  (and we would love to help it expand too). 

Wakatipu Pottery Group, Inc. welcomes your talents and interest.  We look forward to seeing you at Visitor Nights, or by private appointment.  If you are a professional Ceramicist, we would love to pick your brain and get to know your work when you come to Queenstown.  Pop into the Queenstown Arts Center, our Studio is at the end of the corridor!

Email us at:  wakatipupotters@gmail.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Queenstownpotters/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Wakatipu_Potters_Group/

Ben Carter's Workshop in Queenstown

Wakatipu Potters Group had a great two day experience with Mr. Ben Carter.  We found him entertaining, interactive, motivating, informational, enthuastic, competent and organised!  I thought that since little old Queenstown was his last stop of the trip, he might be distracted, moving slowly and tired.  But he wasn't!  He called us "a lively group".  Maybe because we are! 

We all had fun and managed to totally destroy the clean studio with all that red clay too.  But learned so much.  Most of our group had never used slips before(or earthenware), or engaged in the use of a heat gun as tool to progress things more quickly.  I know we are a group of hobby potters each searching for a way to best express ourselves....  Isn't claywork fun!

Thank you to Ceramics NZ for bringing this guy down our way (and thanks to Meagan for working thru the details with Martha!). 

We look forward to the next big touring pro!! (we need it too!)

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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