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Wellington Anagama Kiln Firing Part 12
The opening of the Wellington Potters Association’s Te Haunui anagama kiln and associated BBQ on Sunday 19 November 2017 attracted some 90 anagama enthusiasts, the curious and friends. Excellent weather, unlike last year, accompanied the event.

The kiln was fired for 98 hours and 40 minutes, the culmination of a great team effort involving 8 shift leaders and, at least officially, 38 shift members. Encouragingly, 36.17% of the participants were new recruits. Their work was underpinned by the preparatory work of members of the Anagama Team comprising Andy Rattenbury, Megumi Ogo, Peter Rumble, Mal Sole and Dave Marshall assisted by many other volunteers. Central to the success of the firing was the ongoing, unstinting support of June and Graeme Houston on whose Te Haunui property the kiln is located. Alan Ross    13-Dec-2017
Wicket Dance
South Street's Ceramics Go To Man
South St Gallery has closed its doors with the man behind it honoured as the ‘go-to man’ of ceramics and an all round great bloke, Judith Ritchie of the Nelson Mail reports. Mike Rogers is a legend. He’s the ‘go-to man’ of ceramics in the region, and some say, the country. Rogers is much loved and will be missed as the frontman of a gallery that has been a hub for potters for nearly 40 years.

On Sunday, after a gathering of potters, friends and supporters, South St Gallery closed its rustic doors.

The ever-positive Rogers has sold the building and is having some well-earned quiet time after greeting thousands of customers at the door. Potters adore his passion, generosity and unwavering understated support. He has clearly had a ball running his eclectic gallery. ‘‘You can’t call this a job,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s a life’s passion.’’ He is proud of the people he’s sold for, the standard of work and remembers those who have come and gone. Judith Richie - Nelson Mail    03-Apr-2017
South St Gallery's Mike Rogers with
Tasman potter Steve Fullmer
Wellington Anagama Kiln Firing Part 11
The Wellington Potters Association’s Te Haunui Anagama kiln sprang into life again for its 12th firing and bestowed some excellent results on those who entrusted their pots to it and, of course, the conscientious team of loaders and firers. The kiln was fired for the customary 100 hours from Wednesday 14 – Sunday 18 September 2016. Dry firewood was a major contributing factor to the success of the firing.

Hail, rain and mist damped the ardour of those involved in the process at times but they persevered.

The firing was notable for the absence of Shige Ohashi. Many people have contributed to the Anagama project since its inception but no-one more so than Shige who returned to Japan in July to be close to his aged parents.  Alan Ross    15-Dec-2016
Preparatory Work

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