We have electric, gas and a raku kiln for use by its members.

Currently the annual membership is $50, members supply their own clay although
there is recycled clay available.

Weekend workshops are held from time to time in wheel use and hand building.

The group continues to grow and develop welcoming new and experienced potters.

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John Fisborne

John Gisborne

CONTACTS

Class Information Karen Greenslade 021 2279860

President John Gisborne 021 081 96403

Vikki Fuller             Secretary 06 875 1165

Email taradalepottery@gmail.com

If you are interested in enrolling in any classes, please email taradalepottery@gmail.com

 

CLASS INFORMATION 2017 – TARADALE POTTERY CLUB

There are 4 different classes at Taradale Pottery Club to get involved in – classes for beginners and more experienced potters, focussing on wheel work or handbuilding projects. There are 4-5 week long courses or one-off drop-in sessions.

As well as this we offer one day workshops (on a variety of topics) on a regular basis, keep in touch with our latest news via the clubs facebook page to find out more. https://www.facebook.com/taradalepotteryclub/

 

If you are interested in enrolling in any classes, please email taradalepottery@gmail.com with your contact details. Please pay the class fees to confirm your place after enrolmentTaradale Pottery Club Bank account details: Westpac bank account number: 03 0631 0174349 00. Reference your name and class name.

 

WHEEL 4 WEEK COURSES MONDAY 6.30-8.30PM $60 + clay
LEVEL 2 This is an intermediate class, you will practise refining your technique and progress to make different forms. These classes are open to everyone that is at a basic beginners level on the wheel.
DATES 13 February – 6 March 8 May – 29 May
24 July – 14 August 2 October – 30 October
LEVEL 1 This is the beginner class, you will learn to centre your clay and make a cylinder or bowl. These classes are open to everyone and most suited to those that have no experience on the wheel.
DATES 20 March – 10 April 12 June – 3 July
28 August – 18 September 13 November – 4 December

NOTE: Wednesday night casual classes are the way to finish off (paint, decorate, glaze) work made in the wheel classes.

 

DROP-IN Casual Class

Choose between wheel or handbuilding tuition

WEDNESDAY 6.30-8.30PM
WHEEL

$15 per class

A casual class which you can attend when you want some extra tuition on the wheel. These classes are open to everyone – beginners or experienced. 6 people max – book a seat at the club. Pay on the night.
HANDBUILDING

$5 per class

A casual class which you can attend when you want some extra tuition with your handbuilding projects. These classes are open to everyone – beginners or experienced. Just turn up and pay on the night.
DATES 25 January – 12 April 3 May – 5 July
26 July – 27 September 18 October – 6 December

 

PLAY WITH CLAY THURSDAY 6.30-8.30PM $50 + $20 materials
LEVEL 1

HAND BUILDING & WHEEL

This is a 5 week course which gives you the basic skills to make things with clay. You will learn skills like joining clay, pinch pots, slab/coil work with moulds, have a go at wheel work and learn the basics of glazing.
DATES 2 February – 2 March 27 April – 25 May
20 July – 17 August 5 October – 2 November
LEVEL 2

HAND BUILDING

A 5 week course with more intensive hand building work which is project based. You choose your own projects and have a tutor to help support you. You will explore more finishing methods, different painting techniques, texture work and further your knowledge on glazing.
DATES 9 March – 6 April 1 June – 29 June
24 August – 21 September 9 November – 7 December

 

PLAY WITH CLAY SATURDAY 10AM-12PM $50 + $20 materials
LEVEL 1

HAND BUILDING

This is a 5 week course which gives you the basic skills to make things with clay. You will learn skills like joining clay, pinch pots, slab projects, coil work with moulds, finishing methods and glazing.
DATES 11 February – 11 March 29 April – 27 May
22 July – 19 August 7 October – 4 November
LEVEL 2

HAND BUILDING

A 5 week course with more intensive hand building work which is project based. You choose your own projects and have a tutor to help support you. You will explore more finishing methods, different painting techniques, texture work and further your knowledge on glazing.
DATES 18 March – 8 April (4 weeks) 10 June – 8 July
26 August – 23 September 11 November – 9 December

 

On top of these classes, there is a Club Day (10-3pm) and Evening (6-9pm) every Tuesday. You are welcome to come along & create your own projects with support from other members.

 

There are bags of different clays at the club for purchase, they cost between $22-$45, depending on type and size. The club also run gas, raku and electric kilns – you are able to fire your work in our club firings. The charge for each piece is dependant on the size of your work – this is pay as you go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Group started life as the Taradale Pottery Group back in March 1966 at the rear of the BNZ in Taradale. In September of the same year they moved to an old house in Puketapu Rd where Mrs Hillary Thurston and Bob Huck conducted the first lessons. It wasn‟t until 1972 that the potters moved to a new clubrooms in the old Council Chambers in Lee Rd. In October 1980 they were on the move again establishing themselves in the old “St Mary‟s” Catholic church in Meeanee Rd.

There a lively group gathered and many exhibitions and workshops were held, with numerous visiting tutors such as Len Castle, Mirek Smizek, and John Parker. Local potters such as Chloe King, Bruce Martin and Penny Madden and others have also been enthusiastic about sharing their skills with us. The Groups‟ sales days on public holiday weekends in the 1970‟s and 1980‟s attracted large crowds and are still talked about today.

Some potters from the Group also worked at Para Matchitt‟s and Jacob Scott‟s „stables‟ complex on Otatara at the back of the Eastern Institute of Technology. Here these potters built and operated several excellent kilns.

In 2001 the old St Mary‟s Church was sold and the Group moved to a large space at the former Waiohiki Dairy Factory.

Picture 540Group members created a gallery and sales space as well as a functional work area.
In 2005 it was decided to build a substantial wood fire kiln. John Gisborne and Hooly Thin designed and built the kiln with the help of other Group members. Advice was sourced from Mike O‟Donnell, Barry Brickell and other kiln builders. Bricks, shelves and props were donated by Group members and, after an appropriate tapu lifting ceremony, material was also taken from the Otatara stables complex when it was demolished.

Taradale Pottery GroupA committee has been established to run the kiln and has since been fired on a regular basis. Taradale Pottery Group runs night classes and holds workshops throughout the year.

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Mandy Olson Pit Fired Sculptures

New members are very welcome.

Ida

Ida Tozer

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Helen Mason Right Side

Helen Mason Right Side

Stoking The Kiln

Wood-fire Kiln

Asian TPG memebr

Ooly Thin's Pots

Hooly Thin’s Pots

Sculptured ladies by Mandy Olson

Ooly Thin's

Pots by Hooly Thin for sale in our shop.

Pattee Lloyd

Pattee Lloyd

Hooly Thin

Hooly Thin

Hooly Thin

Hooly Thin

 Hooly Thin anagama kiln firing

Hooly Thin anagama kiln firing