New Plymouth Potters Inc

We welcome new members .

The New Plymouth Potters Inc was formed in 1972 and has a membership of around 60 members. We have a well-equipped workshop, with 9 wheels, a slab roller, extruder, pugmill, and spray booth, as well as an extensive library. Experienced members are able to make use of the gas kiln and four electric kilns, in addition to 2 raku kilns and a soda kiln. There are also facilities for pit firing on site.

Our annual membership subscription is:
Ordinary membership - $60
Couple or family of two - $65
Associate member - $15

We issue a newsletter bi-monthly, and full membership entitles entry into our selected Members’ Exhibition held in August each year.

Regular groups of members meet every Thursday between 10am – 3pm and most Monday evenings from 7pm – 9pm at the Te Henui Vicarage. We run public classes in conjunction with ACE Taranaki (Adult Community Education) on Tuesday evenings during term times we also hold well-organised workshops and club nights. 

Charles Holm,
Ph: 06 753 6002
Club rooms and gallery
The Te Henui Vicarage
288 Courtenay Street

Ph:  06 7589114
Ph: 06 755 2523
For further information contact:  

Charles Holm, President:
Cecily Bull, Secretary:

2012 Annual Exhibition

New Plymouth Potters 39th Annual Exhibition was opened at The Real TArt Gallery by guest selector and exhibitor Duncan Shearer from Hamilton. 
From the work selective Duncan awarded the Supreme Award of $500 to Barbara Nicholls, a Copper Red Bowl.  The merit Award of $100 went to Louise McFetridge, The Wizard  and the Novice Award of $100 went to Katherine Christian, a hand built coiled pot.

Thanks most go to Anthea Stayt for getting the plinths painted in time for the exhibition.  The plinths look very smart having had 3 coats of white paint.  The exhibition is our once a year event that show cases the work of the New Plymouth Potters, it is our opportunity to lift our public profile, so presentation is everything.

 New Plymouth Potters Inc. wishes to acknowledge Creative NZ for their grant towards the exhibition and workshop. 

Click here to see the full exhibition  

Workshop 4-5 August

The New Plymouth Potters held their annual pottery workshop at the club rooms.  The demonstrator for the workshop was Duncan Shearer from Waikato.  Duncan ably led the workshop with flare covering aspects of basic wheel thrown shapes and a saggar firing in the soda kiln.  This was a busy workshop with twenty club members registered for all or part of the weekend.

Saturday morning, were lucky with the weather being fine and sunny, the workshop got underway at 9am.  Kiln shelves were assembled inside the soda kiln to make the saggar, they were joined together with a mixture of sawdust, silica sand and fireclay mixed to a slurry.  The pre-burnished bisque pots were layered into the saggar on a bed of sawdust with iron sulphate, copper sulphate and rock salt sprinkled about, to bring colour and variation to the fired pots.  In between the pots organic matter such as sticks, seaweed and banana skins were laid, then another layer of pots.  A kiln shelve was placed on top for the lid.  Loaded and sealed the gas burner was lit and the firing was under way, apart from a few turn ups and changing over of gas bottles, it was left to do its thing.

The morning progressed to morning tea then on to a demonstration of wheel work by Duncan.  The emphasis of his work being to mark simple forms to make the pieces unique.  Duncan threw a variety of shapes, mugs to warm up with the jugs, bowls and finally an oven dish.  A wide variety of potteyr related questions and answers flowed throughout the demonstration, there was something for everyone.  After a shared lunch the afternoon was spent with members throwing forms, and it was good to see so many non wheel workers giving it a go.  The afternoon concluded about 4pm when the saggar firing was declared cooked, the temperature was probably about 1160 going on kiln colouring.

Sunday morning were were all back at 9am for the kiln opening.  The top shelf was taken off the kiln and then it was left until lunchtime to cool down.  The demonstration continued with Duncan demonstrating how he cuts and manipulates his work to creat his own unique style.  It was then time to unload the kiln.  With the top shelve exposed we all looked in, some people were more surprised than others!  The colours were muted mostly tans, browns, black and the odd pinkish hue.  There was an emerald green splash on some of the pots, which could have been from the copper sulphate.  Everyone got a piece out of the saggar and some were more enthused than others, but everyone deemed it a success and it will be tried again.

It was a successful weekend all round and thanks to Duncan who demonstrated with flair and shared so much valuable information.

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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