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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynne Corkin email@example.com
Paula Archibald firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Congratulations Rod, a well deserved honour - to read the full article use the link below - NZ Herald
"I can’t believe it, my student Anna Campbell, who graduated last year at Otaki pottery club has taken out the top award in Nelson T Award at the New Zealand Art Show with the work from her final year of the Diploma" Jenny Turnbull
Lower Hutt Sculptor Triumphs at the NZ Art Show, Securing Coveted $15,000 Prize – NZ Art Show
The NZ Art Show, a prestigious annual event showcasing New Zealand’s artistic prowess, is thrilled to announce a triumph for one talented sculptor. With esteemed artist and collector Lynne Sandri as the judge, the RT Nelson Awards for Sculptor awards ceremony bestowed a grand total of $20,000 in prizes, including the prestigious $15,000 premier prize for outstanding creative talent and craftsmanship. Additionally, five highly commended prizes of $1,000 each were awarded to commendable artists.
Amongst the fierce competition, the ultimate prize of $15,000 was claimed by Lower Hutt Hutt artist Anna Campbell with her ceramic and mixed media piece ‘Workshop #1’. Consisting of a road cone, gas bottle and dirty rag – all made of ceramic – on an aged wooden shelf, the work is inspired by still life compositions in her studio.
‘Anna’s work is mindful of her surroundings and uses simple solid form and clean lines to create her own still life …of the life around her – the ordinary in the everyday,’ said Lynne. ‘The messy nature of useful objects on a shelf in a functioning workshop/studio which could now easily sit comfortably in a new environment of either a carefully curated living room or gallery.’
The NZ Art Show commends the winner for their remarkable dedication, skill, and imaginative approach, which have culminated in an awe-inspiring sculpture.
A total of 52 sculptures by 35 accomplished artists have been selected as finalists, representing the finest examples of sculptural artistry in New Zealand. To explore the full list of participating artists, please refer to the attached document or visit our website.
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: email@example.com 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.
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 GREEN kiln was fired on Monday and unloaded on Wednesday. It was another good firing with some really nice work; but also some carnage which was so disappointing.
There was a lot more work on the shelves for firing than we could fit into the kiln. Some of this work is left over from last year. My intention is to load all the outstanding work in the next couple of weeks so the shelves are empty, and then to top up the kiln with new work as it arrives. I will set the next firing day as soon as the kiln is full and expect to fire in about 3-4 weeks.
Special thanks to my ‘Cooking with Gas’ team who helped with the loading, firing and, along with some other club members, the unloading and cleaning up. I specifically mention the cleaning up as there are a few issues to bring to members attention.
Glaze selection: some of the club glazes are proving unsatisfactory in the gas kiln. Rob will be revising the list of OK glazes in the glaze room. Particular glazes being removed from the list are Van Guilder’s Ash and Matt White. Please be careful to select only glazes from the downdraft green kiln list. These 2 glazes in particular are melting excessively leaving work stuck to the shelves. The work then has to be removed with a hammer and cold chisel, breaking the base from the pot and leaving a lot of grinding to be done to remove the shards from the shelf.
Glaze thickness: the thicker the application the more likely the glaze is to run. Be careful when double dipping or pouring. Excessive thickness of glaze is causing some of the melting on to the shelves.
Footrings: I prefer to see a footring of 6mm minimum that is fully waxed. If you trim to a definite footring it gives a clean line to wax up to and makes sure there is no residue on the base that in the cone 10 environment can melt just enough to stick a little to the shelf. Sponging the foot of the work clean runs the risk of some residue remaining in the base to bond with the shelf and usually results in a very narrow margin, often not wide enough to accommodate even a small glaze run.
Setters: it is pleasing to see some work being supplied on setters. If you have a new glaze, a test or have concerns about the glaze melt this is a great way to protect your work. In event of a run the setter and excess glaze can easily be ground off the bottom of the pot and the shelf is unaffected.
Identifying your work: We need to know to whom each work belongs as it needs to be weighed and charged to your account after firing. Your potters mark is ok though relying on this potentially requires us to recognise the mark of every club member. That is a lot of marks. SO if you chose to use your member number that is very convenient for the kiln room team. A little dab of wax on your mark or number will save it being filled with glaze and becoming illegible.
It is really disappointing for those involved with the kilns to see work irreparably broken when unloading so the notes above are just a few observations to keep in mind so we can make a great job of each firing.
Does anyone have a bath (or two) that could be used for our clay recycling. We need two of these and they need to be pretty sturdy to hold the weight of the clay. Please contact Jojo Hare at firstname.lastname@example.org.