The Otaki Pottery Club on the Kapiti Coast, was established in 1989 by a local group of enthusiastic potters and has grown to be one of New Zealand's most progressive pottery clubs.
What the Club Does
The club's aim is to promote the art of pottery and to enable its members and the wider community to participate and enjoy the craft.
Festival of Pots and Garden Art 2024 Artist Registrations Open September 1st
The Festival of Pots and Garden Art is proudly hosted by the Ōtaki Pottery Club, an extraordinary celebration of artistry and creativity. This annual event brings together talented artists from all over the country to showcase their work and share their passion for pottery and garden art with enthusiasts and visitors. If you're an artist with a passion for pottery and wish to be a part of this esteemed event, we invite you to apply for the Festival of Pots and Garden Art 2024.
The clubrooms are available to members - unless otherwise notified by the Management Committee - 365 days a year between 6.30am to 10pm.
The club building (pictured above) has a kitchen/meeting room, a library of books for inspiration and knowledge, which may be borrowed, 2 dedicated classrooms (one for wheel work and the other for hand-building), a workroom for members, an office, a gallery ("Tote Modern"), kiln room, glaze room, clay room and of course toilet facilities.
There are 3 electric kilns (firing to 1250) used constantly and 2 gas kiln used monthly or when enough work is available to fire. Several times a year there are raku and pit firings for members and class participants.
The club work room is where clay construction happens whether it be hand-building or on the wheel. There are 4 wheels and 2 slab rolling machines and a wide selection of clay molds, texture materials, tools and other equipment.
The glazing room is used for glazing. There is a wax area, a spraying area and a large selection of glazes and tools for applying different glazing techniques.
The kiln room houses the kilns. Work waiting to be fired is stored here too. Firing charges are based on a volume basis. The firing price is inclusive of glaze materials and the second firing after glazing.
The clay store room holds a large selection of different types of clay. Members can buy clay at a lower price than non members.
Membership & Classes
To join see membershipinformation or see class information. You do not need to be a club member to participate in classes. To contact us please go to contact information for details.
The Otaki Pottery Club is located in the "Old Tote Building" - Otaki Racecourse, 47 Te Roto Road, Otaki
As the clubrooms are located within the Otaki Racing Club's grounds, extreme care should be taken when driving through the grounds. Please observe the 20km speed limit.