Pop in to the Tote Modern Gallery at the Otaki Pottery Club and check out the amazing range of works on display. These are works from our class members in our current exhibition.
We have it all, from practical and useful to quirky and ornamental.
Open 10-3 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 47 Te Roto Rd, Otaki
See you there!
Grab a friend and have a fun evening making your own Christmas decorations, for you, for friends, for gifts.
We have had queries for an adults only Christmas Decoration workshop, so here you go! Get in quick, spaces are limited and these are the only 2 workshops we can fit into our super busy class schedule.
Apply here:http://www.otakipotteryclub.org/pottery-workshops-kapiti... Please note, form goes direct to the tutor, who will be in touch soon.
We fired the green updraft kiln last week with the unloading on Saturday. Lyuba helped with the loading and firing and more than a dozen members came and assisted with the unloading. Great results again with the firing with just 2 exceptions where a lower temperature glaze was used and resulted in a serious bonding to the shelf. It is disappointing to see this result as the new shelves are damaged and the work has to be chipped from the shelf with a hammer and chisel. Remember this kiln is fired to an even temperature throughout the kiln, to cone 10, which is 1300C to 1320C. Please check the list in the glaze room and Rod’s notes below on the glazes that SHOULD NOT be used.
If you do use any of these glazes, please label your pieces clearly and place them on the separately labelled shelf.
With the imminent Kapiti Coast Art Trail fast approaching, just a month to go, we are offering last minute gas firings subject to there being sufficient work on the shelves. Proposed dates are work in kiln room before loading starts at 9am, Thursday 27th October, firing Friday 28th starting 8.30am, unloading Sunday 30th at 2pm. That leaves just the week days to prepare and label your work before the first Art’s Trail Day on Saturday 5th November.
Neil Hey, Kilnmaster
NOTE FROM ROD
The following glazes are NOT suitable for the DOWNDRAUGHT kiln:
Van Guilders Ash, Purple Haze, Mamo and Silverton Blue
All the other gas fired glazes can be used in both kilns. It is important to list the
glazes on your ticket for the UPDRAUGHT kiln as that will determine where they
are placed in the kiln.
The DOWNDRAUGHT kiln fires to 1300C. Temperature is very consistent from top to bottom. There is a wider firing range in the UPDRAUGHT kiln, from 1280 at the
top to about 1315 at the bottom.
We hope to have firings in both kilns towards the end of October.
The last gloss firing of the updraft kiln was on July 28. The kiln was very tightly packed and included some work for the DCA students. The results from the firing were excellent.
There were a few pots that didn’t fit into the firing. On the shelves there were also a number of test glaze pieces and some work more suited to the variable temperatures achieved in the updraft kiln This work has been cleared with an updraft kiln firing.
There have also been 2 bisc firings of the downdraft kiln which has helped in clearing a build-up of pots resulting from one electric kiln being out of commission.
A firing of the updraft kiln was scheduled for the middle of September but as there is a limited amount of work on the shelves at present this has been postponed 2 weeks as follows:
These dates are subject to there being sufficient work available to fill the kiln and this can only be assessed in advance if work is loaded onto the shelves when it is ready for firing. Our target is to fire once a month but this is seldom achieved.
One thing to note please, is adding identifying marks on each piece. Without an identifier the pots cannot be charged to the individual accounts. In future pots without identification will be put to one side.
From Kilnmaster Neil
You are invited to the opening of an exhibition of pottery by Harriet Bright and paintings by Sophia Motoitoi Parun. We'd love to have you join us for a glass of wine and light supper.
1 September - Thursday - 5.30pm
You are invited to the opening of our August exhibition this Thursday 5.30-7pm at the Tote Modern Gallery.
Our guest artists this month are Aimée McLeod - Potter and Sarah Pou Illustration & Art.
Open 10-3 every Friday-Sunday after the opening.
Come along and check out these awesome works.
Alice from Tironui Sourdough has offered to make her lovely bread available to us on Fridays. Look out for the black-board advertising loaves for sale direct from the kitchen in the main building opposite our club rooms.
A recommendation has been made from the health and safety team to wear your mask for your own protection while in the rooms. A lesson was learnt when some of our members contracted the virus after a working bee.
The next cleaning bee is 10am Saturday 24th September. If you have not put your name down for a cleaning bee so far this year, please do so. If for some reason you are unable to complete one of the four cleaning bees set down for the year, there will be a $40 fee, alternatively contact Jojo Hare 021 0274 4181 and she may have another job that you can do in lieu.