We have a new exhibition starting on 3 March.
Brent Craig - Potter
Ernest Papps - Artist
Opening night will be Thursday, 3 March at 5.30pm. We would love to see you and your friends at the opening.
Annual General Meeting Sunday 22nd May 6.30pm at the Club Rooms. This is your opportunity to review what has happened in the past year, the plans for this year and beyond and to elect in the new committee. It is also a chance to have your say and directly contribute to the club's future direction so do please come along.
Welcome to 2022 everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful Summer break and now are ready for all that 2022 holds for you.
The club got off to a cracking start. Derryn and Lynne ran the Gallery over the race days - 5th and 13th Jan - ably assisted by their team. Family race day on the 5th was buzzing and the Gallery was a hit. These days are extremely valuable to the club not just for the exposure it gives but also for members to get involved and have their work on show. We were fortunate that the weather allowed for display tables to be set up outside. A huge thank you to everyone who helped here.
These events were followed by the Summer School. As you all know the 2022 Festival of Pots and Garden Art had been postponed and the club is dependent to some extent on the funds this raises. Our kilns and equipment and the upkeep of these are all funded by money raised from this event. With this in mind Kathryn and Jenny came up with the idea of a Summer School and from there on it was a whirlwind. Allie joined the team and there was no stopping them. It was a mountain of work setting this up in such a short time frame, but what an amazing 2 weeks.
This was an incredible event for the club, and we are discussing whether this might be something we can run again. We had people come from all over New Zealand to attend the classes and the feedback has been incredibly positive and supportive. For a first-time event it was amazing how well everything ran. A huge thanks to Jenny T, Allie, and Kathryn, to those who stepped in to help, and to the all the tutors.
One of the things that has come out of this is that club day (Thursdays) is a great day for demonstrations. We are hoping this will continue and if you have a particular type of work that you are willing to demonstrate please let me know. Club days were originally set up for members to get-together to share ideas and discuss latest discoveries and generally have a good social time.
It would be lovely to get this going again. If you would be interested in managing this, please get in touch.
As you will all be aware by now, the whole country is moving to Level Red in the COVID traffic light system.
This means that it will be mandatory (until further notice) for anyone entering the clubrooms to be wearing a mask. 😷
We also ask that you respect other member's space.
Please be aware that some of the kiln fairies may not be wearing masks so please knock on the door before entering.
You may be wondering whether the Red Traffic Light status will affect our classes.
So to clarify:
Classes will be running as expected, starting the week beginning February 7th (except for the Monday class which will begin on Monday 14th).
Emily Friedlander, the Adult Class Coordinator will need to view your vaccine passport before you can enter your classroom. The best thing would be for you to email it to her now for sighting.
If you can’t do that, Emily or someone else appointed to the job, will have to sight it before you enter the clubrooms on the day of your lesson.
Wearing masks is mandatory once more, until further notice.
Also, a note about Kiln Accounts. The club policy is to clear the accounts at the end of every term. We are now asking you to please put into your account $20 or more, so that it is in credit before the start of term.
After that it is really important to look in the ring binder labelled CLASSES (in the kiln room) at least monthly, to see what you are owing. Make sure you write Kiln Account and your Club Number in the reference section when internet banking.
(A few of you are new and won’t as yet have a club number, so just your name and Kiln account will have to suffice).
Neil will be firing the downdraft gas kiln on Wednesday 9 February.
All work for firing is to be in the kiln room by 5pm Monday 7 February for loading Tuesday 8 from 2pm.
Unloading will be 2pm Friday 11 February.
We would like to encourage the members that are putting work into this firing to assist with the loading and be present for part of the firing day, especially startup from 7.45am or end of firing from 3pm.
We would also like those members to be present at the unloading when they can view and analyse all the work as it is unloaded.
Please contact Neil 027 4439796 if you are able to help.
Our wonderful cleaner, Lisa is moving on to greener pastures so we are looking for someone to take her place. If you are interested in some part time work, please see the ad below:
We are looking for a part time independent contractor to clean 2 to 3 hours per week (with the occasional extra clean). We are offering a competitive hourly rate and would like you to start immediately.
We would also like the successful candidate to be:
If any of you are good with a video camera and would like to volunteer to video Bruce Walford’s summer school classes on the 11th (Fundamentals of Wheel work) and the 21st (Mould Making demonstration) please telephone Caitlin 021 390888.
15th Paul Pepworth is holding his Summer School Glaze Workshop in the Glazeroom so please, just for this day, if you are not attending the workshop would you please do any glazing you have before or after the 15th.