Wellington/Western Districts update – March 2024

Kia ora from the Council – we are still looking for a new RCM so if you’re keen to represent Wellington, Manwatū, Taranaki & Wairarapa get in touch!

Practical Life is on now Robert Heald Gallery featuring work from Richard Stratton.

The Kilns at Te Horo are now accepting applications for a Potter in Residence.

Aaron Scythe’s CAT de SHOW? キャットでしょう?is opening at A Gallery in Whanganui this coming Friday 8 March at 5.30pm.  Lucky Cats and Korean Tigers.

Whanganui Potters Association Upcoming events:

Term 2 Beginner pottery: Tuesday 19 March – 7 May

Public Raku – April 20

Term 2 Beginner wheel class: Monday 29 April – 27 May

Whanganui Artists Open Studios – March 15 – 24

Whanganui Artists Open Studios is the largest, longest running and most diverse arts trail event in New Zealand. The event is held annually over two consecutive weekends in March, with other events and workshops held during the week between.

Quartz Museum: Current exhibitions

Mirek Smisek, Bohemian Potter, January to April 2024

Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Jugs & Teapots, January to May 2024

Mark Mitchell, Pattern Play. Installation 2023 – 2024

Updates from New Plymouth Potters

We are getting our kilns running more efficiently with these educational working bees. Educating our members on the proper use etc.

Our Kiln officer, Mike is organising a Kiln room Working Bee Workshop 10am Saturday 9th March, with a shared lunch to finish. Please bring your lunch. Hot drinks provided.
• Hands on activities:
• Cleaning and preparing kiln shelves and props.
• Witness cones use and preparation.
• Health and Safety and etiquette.
• How training to use the Electric kilns takes place.
• Please wear old clothes, masks provided.
This would be a very useful event for those wishing to qualify for certification as a kiln user.

 We are still waiting for new elements for the small kiln. Mike has stated that it might be usable for lower temperature firings. Contact Mike Wood if you are willing to risk its use.
The Gas kiln will also need attention to its pressure measuring system before it will be able to be used.