Taradale Pottery Club
Taradale Pottery Club is a group of keen potters who work out of the Waiohiki Creative Arts Village. Our workshop is fully equipped – come and have a look!
The group continues to grow and develop welcoming new and experienced potters. We have electric, gas, woodfire and a raku kiln for use by our members.
Taradale Pottery Group run clay classes most evenings and Saturday mornings. These are for beginners-intermediate potters and are focussed on hand-building or wheel work. We encourage everyone to come and take part, beginners are more than welcome. Phone or Text Karen 021 2279860 to find out more info on the timetable and costs.
There is also a weekly ‘Club Day’ on Tuesday mornings from 10am onwards as well as Tuesday evenings from 6pm. This is very popular, running for over twenty years now. All are welcome, come and check out our club and meet some of our members.
Currently the annual membership is $75, plus a $2 koha for visits to the club workshop. Kiln and glaze charges also apply. There is clay available for purchase at the club.
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If you have questions or want to find out more, please call –
John Gisborne 021 081 96403 (President)
Karen Greenslade 021 2279860 (Class Co-ordinator)
If you are interested in enrolling in any classes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Group 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.
A 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.
New members are very welcome.