Lynne Corkin has formed the new Clay Team. This new team will coordinate all clay for purchase.
A member of the Clay Team will be at the rooms every Saturday between 10am and midday for you to purchase clay.
Outside those times, we would like all members to email: firstname.lastname@example.org to tell the Clay Team what clay you would like to purchase before you depart for the rooms.
The Clay Team will be able to tell you if your clay is in stock, offer an alternative if it has sold out, and/or tell you when new stock may arrive.
The Clay Team will tell you when your clay will be available to pick up and complete payment.
Your clay will be left on the shelf outside the Clay Room doors for you to collect. A sales slip will be attached to your clay and you will just have to complete payment with cash, EFTpos or online before you leave the rooms.
Tutors will no longer have access to the clay room. Keys to the room will only be held by members of the new Clay Team.
We will still charge the 5% penalty for having to chase up any non-payment.
After such a successful event last year the club will again run the event with some minor changes. There will be 90 spaces. Club members have priority until May 14th.
Registration $60 includes GST. Registration is free for young people. A space will be set aside for young people to exhibit their work. ALL work must be for sale.
One club member can pay for a space and share it with other members. EVERY EXHIBITOR, including young people, must fill in a registration form (same as for the Festival of Pots) with a 3-digit code listing items for sale. You will need to provide two copies when you arrive to set up your work.
Commission is 15%.
Trestle tables are available at $10 each
Display panels for display : 2400 X 1200 @ $40; 1200 X 1200 @ $20.
Set up and pack up :
Set up is Wednesday 12 July between 11am – 8pm.
Pack up is Saturday 15 July between 4pm – 7pm.
It will be great if we can have people working in the rooms during the event. The “Have a Go” activities were very popular and we would like to run them again. We will need help to set up the venue (same as last year) and pack down on Sunday, 16 July. There is a race day on the 14th and Kiwi Kai will have their food truck on site.
It would be wonderful if Tutors would encourage their students to get together as a group to participate.
We encourage new members to get involved and experience the joy of seeing that other people like your work enough to buy it. A great encourager!
Also a great motivator to have work ready for the Kapiti Arts Trail in November and the Festival of Pots and Garden Art in January 2024.
To register https://www.otakipotteryclub.org/star-glaze.html
Please make payment to Otaki Pottery Club 38-9003-0784227-11, putting your surname in the Particulars box, and Starglaze as the code
Wellington Potters Association have let us know they have some upcoming members classes that are open up to our community of potters to join.
Ceramic Bead Jewellery with Vivian Rodriguez - 3 sessions, starting next Friday 28 April, 12-2.30pm:
Sculpting cats with Sarah Brock - 3 evening sessions, starting Tuesday 2 May, 6-9pm:
Sculpting cats with Sarah Brock - 2 day sessions, Saturday 13 + 20 May 9am-4pm:
Details and registration through the above links.
All work on shelves :: Wednesday 17 May, 5pm
Kiln loading :: Thursday 18 May, 10am
Kiln firing :: Friday 19 May, start time 7.45am
Kiln unloading :: Sunday 21 May, 1.30 pm
After the unloading members can inspect the fired work, before attending the AGM at 3pm.
The last kiln firing was on Good Friday, April 7, with unloading on Easter Monday.
Several members of the cooking with gas group took the opportunity to become familiar with the firing process and the operation of the controls.
It was a good firing; some precautions taken included under several flat trough section pieces from BRT we laid a mat of alumina which allowed the pieces to be easily separated from the shelves, I changed the kiln wash to include more alumina and this allowed work with small runs to be separated from the shelves with just a bit of grinding required. Winnies blue continues to be a problem by running on to the shelves. A wide footring is essential with this glaze. It was good to see some use of setters and this also saved some work by stopping glaze from running on to the shelves.
Just a couple of pieces from the faulty WC20 clay batches had spectacular spiral fractures.
The perennial problem is identification on the bottoms to allow us to identify the maker. Please make your mark or member number clearer and keep glazing clear with a dob of wax.
It is encouraging to see a good volume of work coming through for firing so far this year.
The ‘Cooking with Gas’ team loaded the kiln on Saturday 1st April. All the work left over from the last firing was loaded, some of this being there since last year, along with new work delivered since the March firing. This made for a full kilnload so we are moving to fire it straight away. Only one tray of newly glazed mugs was left over, so there was only just enough work available. (Sorry Lyuba, we will get those in next firing).
It is really good to get the work on the shelves for gas fired work cleared, and some had sat there as additional work has been slow to come forward since the November firing. Also, this has made room for the old shelf and table to be removed to make room for larger new shelving which is being fitted along the end wall.
The kiln will be fired over Easter with unloading on Easter Monday at 2pm. If you have work that was waiting to be fired, please try to make it to the unloading so you can identify your work and take it away. With new shelf-building proceeding, the storage available for fired work is limited.
I am planning for the next firing to be within 6 weeks, but just as soon as sufficient volume of work is available.