The Pit firing scheduled for the 28 /29th October has been postponed to 2024 due to the many events filling the rest of the year. Please register your interest through the website for either a workshop - (run by Chris Dunn) or a club firing
Special thanks to NZCT for their support in making the new clay recycling station possible. NZCT kindly funded the installation of new gates for this area, as well as some repair. They also funded the pug-mill that will be utilised as soon as the clay is ready. The clay is currently soaking in the baths seen in this image.
“Buy a Brick” campaign is being launched to support The Kilns financially.
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Thanks for your ongoing support.
All welcome to sell their Pottery goods at this year's Arts Trail - same rules as Gallery. This year the Whakaaro Whakairo carving and weaving symposium is being held at the Race Course at the same time, so there is likely to be more visitors than usual.
We will set up under the eaves or outside in the garden area.
We will offer light refreshments this year. Drinks, toastie sandwiches bikkies etc.
You can set up your own table (club tables can be used) or leave priced goods to be set up by us. Work will need to be set up by 9.30am and brought inside Saturday and Sunday evenings both weekends after 4pm.
Please consider being on the help roster - it's not compulsory if you can't but some time over the two weekends would be most welcome.
20 October: price sheets will be available for your completion - as per Gallery and FOPs -2 copies
20 October: Help sheet will be on entrance table with jobs for you to put your name to. We will need help in kitchen, sales, set up and down, security. See sheet.
31 October: Any Pottery you would like considered for set up in Gallery area should be left for Paula to install, with price sheet and note saying Gallery. Gallery work can stay in Gallery till clear out in December.
2 November: Other work for self set up or by us should be on the main work table priced and with price sheet.
That's all for now. I'm sure I've forgotten something important. So get your pots together, and add a space for helping on your calendar. It is always a fun time, so please join us.
Any queries ask me or Lynne, and Paula for Gallery area.
Derryn Robson email@example.com
Lynne Corkin firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Archibald email@example.com
The Kiln rooms finished work shelves are packed to bursting and have been for a couple of months now. We are going to do a organise and clean up before the big rush at end of year for FOPs.
There is some difficulty in being able to keep track of what has been there for a week vs what’s been sitting for months. Next weekend every single bisque and glazed item sitting on the members work shelves will be identified with a small yellow sticker.
Please ensure you drop by over the next month to check whether you have any work here and take it home if you do.
Any work still with a yellow sticker at the 25th and 26th November will either be used for the public Raku the following weekend or will be disposed of.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your friendly kiln team.
Thank you for your time and cooperation,
Rod, Kaye, Luci, Jennie B, Michelle, Raelene and Emma.
The gas firing scheduled for Saturday 7th October 7.45am start is postponed.
New dates: firing Saturday 21 st October, 7.45am start
loading Thursday 19th October 2pm, unloading Monday 23 rd 2.00pm
Please have your work on the gas firing shelves by 5pm, Wednesday 18th October
THIS POSTPONEMENT IS BECAUSE WITH JUST 7 DAYS TILL THE PREVIOUSLY INTENDED LOADING DAY THERE IS INSUFFICIENT WORK IN PROSPECT
The new date will still allow firing of work for the Kapiti Art Trail, which is at the beginning of November.
BUT unless the shelves are filled over the next 2 weeks even this rescheduled firing may also need to be reconsidered.
I am hoping the revised dates will ease the pressure to get work completed and glazed.
The committee has approved a recommendation I submitted about the charging for firing in the gas kiln. There will now be NO additional charge for gas firing over electric firing, so the charge made after bisc firing will cover any firing, electric or gas.
The only exception to this will be for work bisc fired external to the club system.
This is an early Christmas bonus for the gas firers!!
Our next firing is Saturday 7th October 7.45am start
Loading Thursday 5th October 2pm, unloading Monday 9th 2.00pm
Please have your work on the gas firing shelves by 5pm, Wednesday 4th October
The last kiln firing, August 19th, ran very smoothly with a full gas cylinder and Luci in control. It was another full pack with just a few pieces from Rod and me missing out (again). Lots of glaze samples in the firing prepared by the 'Cooking with Gas' team and we will use the time between monitoring the next firing to set out the display of these. This resource will give everyone an idea about each of the gas firing glazes and how they respond and are modified over most of the clays stocked by the club.
The firing results were very good with lots of interesting work, largely blemish free. That comes from taking care with margins at footrings and an increasing use of setters. It was pleasing to have some classwork in the firing.
Just one negative point from the firing and that relates to the new Deco buff clay. Faults, variously described as shelling, peeling or shivering, occur when the clay body shrinkage is more than the glaze can accommodate and so flakes off, particularly on edges and rims. It is the opposite fault to crazing. In extreme cases this can result in parts of the body fracturing, the glaze being stronger than the body, and my experience is that this result can be delayed over a few weeks.
This may be happening with all or just a few of the gas firing glazes, you will need to monitor your results from your favourite glazes if you are using this clay and feed faults back to the glaze team. We already have these bad results from Nick. My suggestion is that this clay is not put forward for cone 10 firings.
So we can highlight the need to understand your clay properties from the manufacturer/supplier. This Deco buff clay has a firing range up to 1280 °C. By our cones we are aiming to fire to cone 10- 1310 °C. It seems then this clay has its structure changed enough during this last 30 °C of our firings so that the clay and the glaze no longer fit. We will hear more about results with this clay if members continue to use it in the gas kiln.
This October firing should clear work for the Kapiti Art Trail, which is at the beginning of November. I am expecting another firing early December for your Christmas gifts and for the Festival of Pots at the end of January. Work on the shelves will be monitored for demand for an additional firing over the November - January period but no guarantees about that at this stage.
Come and join us for the grand opening of the September Tote Modern Gallery Exhibition, featuring the esteemed Guest Potter Angela Francis and talented Guest Artist Jenny Jordon. Be part of this special event on Thursday, the 31st of August, starting at 5:30pm. This is your chance to have the very first selection from the incredible artworks available. Enjoy a delightful evening reconnecting with friends over drinks and delectable nibbles thoughtfully provided. Your presence would be truly valued!
We are absolutely thrilled to introduce our incredible guest artists for the month of August: the talented Lyuba Zhilkina and the wonderful Liz Earth.
Mark your calendars for a special gallery opening night on Wednesday! Yes, you heard that right - we've made a slight change to our regular schedule to accommodate Lyuba's busy teaching commitments on Thursday nights. We want everyone to have a chance to experience the amazing artworks these two artists have brought to our gallery.
So be in first and join us on Wednesday night to celebrate the captivating artistry of Lyuba Zhilkina and Liz Earth. Let's come together to admire their unique creations and soak in the artistic brilliance that fills our gallery space.
Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to connect with their work and maybe even find something special to take home with you.
We can't wait to welcome you all with open arms to Tote Modern Gallery this August. See you on Wednesday night!