ABOUT US

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At The Clay Centre we believe that creativity is in all of us. We believe that it is innate and that it is a skill that can be learned. There is enormous satisfaction in working with your hands and creating something that is uniquely yours. We have a range of classes to suit all levels of making, and our tutors are here to help you learn the skills you need to start making, and to keep on making with clay! The Clay Centre aims to provide anyone who would like to learn, the opportunity to learn the art of pottery. No matter what your ambition, we are here to help you learn all about clay and pottery. From hobbyist to serious potter, we provide the teachers, the equipment and the space for you to learn.


OUR FACILITIES

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Studios

The Clay Studio offers 4 separate areas:

  • Retail shop selling tools, coffee and tea

  • Dedicated Class space, comprising 16 wheels, hand tables, small glaze area and ware racks.

  • Dedicated Members Area which has 10 wheels, including the Glaze and Kiln areas for the whole Centre to use.

  • An ‘Events Area’, which doubles as a Workshop space/ Exhibition space/ Party space.

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Equipment

At The Clay Centre we have 16 electric wheels in the teaching area, plus 10 electric wheels in the dedicated Members area. We proudly support NZ Made and all our wheels are Cowley Wheels.

The Clay Centre also offers the following:

  • 4 Electric Kilns

  • 2 Spray Booths

  • Glazing area

  • Handbuilding tables

  • Wedging tables

  • Slab roller

  • Extruder

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Retail

Our Retail Shop has all the tools your heart desires! We are the only stockists of Garrity Tools, top quality handmade tools made in the US. We also stock a large variety of basic tools, as well as beginners tool sets. Our coffee cart has only the best NZ made coffees and teas for sale, as well as limited cold drinks for sale. We love it when you come and chill in our retail area and browse our books, relaxing at The Clay Centre is encouraged!


Our Tutors

Helen Perrett     Monday Evening Tutor:    Sculpture Class   Helen Perrett has worked with clay for the past twenty years and has been teaching for nine years. Helen likes her work to evoke stories and histories; is intrigued by the world of tales and myths; and the richness of language and symbolism. She likes to make animals and figures which suggest a story.  Helen has a degree in Art History and English Lit. and a Diploma of Ceramic Arts.

Helen Perrett

Monday Evening Tutor:

Sculpture Class

Helen Perrett has worked with clay for the past twenty years and has been teaching for nine years. Helen likes her work to evoke stories and histories; is intrigued by the world of tales and myths; and the richness of language and symbolism. She likes to make animals and figures which suggest a story.

Helen has a degree in Art History and English Lit. and a Diploma of Ceramic Arts.

Nadine Spalter     Monday Evening Tutor:    5 Week Wheel Basics   It has been a dream of mine to open my own teaching studio, and finally together with my husband and the support of my family, we have opened ‘The Clay Centre’.  We hope to inspire many generations to begin and continue this most rewarding journey with clay.

Nadine Spalter

Monday Evening Tutor:

5 Week Wheel Basics

It has been a dream of mine to open my own teaching studio, and finally together with my husband and the support of my family, we have opened ‘The Clay Centre’.

We hope to inspire many generations to begin and continue this most rewarding journey with clay.

Bob Kay     Tuesday Morning Tutor:    Adult Introduction to Clay   Bob Kay is influenced by everything he sees; from water meter covers to natural forms and patterns. Bob enjoys the unique nature of hand built pottery. Every piece, although similar to others, has its own individual character. Bob shares his enthusiasm for clay by teaching and mentoring others.

Bob Kay

Tuesday Morning Tutor:

Adult Introduction to Clay

Bob Kay is influenced by everything he sees; from water meter covers to natural forms and patterns. Bob enjoys the unique nature of hand built pottery. Every piece, although similar to others, has its own individual character. Bob shares his enthusiasm for clay by teaching and mentoring others.

Jo Raill     Tuesday Morning tutor:    Wheel to Table   ”I love making affordable objects like mugs and bowls which are organic in form. As domestic ware leaves my studio I imagine the pieces in another home serving a purpose but also  bringing a smile to the day”.  Jo has a Dip.Ceramics Otago and a Post Grad Dip Fine Arts Elam

Jo Raill

Tuesday Morning tutor:

Wheel to Table

”I love making affordable objects like mugs and bowls which are organic in form. As domestic ware leaves my studio I imagine the pieces in another home serving a purpose but also
bringing a smile to the day”.

Jo has a Dip.Ceramics Otago and a Post Grad Dip Fine Arts Elam

Eloise Worrall-Bader     Tuesday Evening Tutor:    Intensive Beginner Wheel Throwing   Good Girl Ceramics is the moniker of Artist Eloise Worrall-Bader. Formerly a painter Eloise now solely practices in clay. Eloise has a Masters of Art and Design from Auckland University of technology, her thesis was titled "A Practice of Practise".  “My goal as a tutor is to ensure that my students leave my classes with good habits and understanding of clay and wheel throwing, but more importantly, I hope my enthusiasm and love of clay rubs off on them."

Eloise Worrall-Bader

Tuesday Evening Tutor:

Intensive Beginner Wheel Throwing

Good Girl Ceramics is the moniker of Artist Eloise Worrall-Bader. Formerly a painter Eloise now solely practices in clay. Eloise has a Masters of Art and Design from Auckland University of technology, her thesis was titled "A Practice of Practise".

“My goal as a tutor is to ensure that my students leave my classes with good habits and understanding of clay and wheel throwing, but more importantly, I hope my enthusiasm and love of clay rubs off on them."

Margaret Bray     Wednesday Evening Tutor:    Beginners and Beyond Wheel Throwing   Clay is a natural and earthy element – one I can readily relate to and work with in many ways. I make functional and sculptural work at my studio, south of Auckland, in rural Ramarama. My love of nature and sustainability is my inspiration, leading to all manner of clay building, by wheel, hand or mold – followed by surface treatments of carving, drawing and glaze. I use a range of firing methods; electric, gas and Wood fired – completing my own wood kiln build in 2013.

Margaret Bray

Wednesday Evening Tutor:

Beginners and Beyond Wheel Throwing

Clay is a natural and earthy element – one I can readily relate to and work with in many ways. I make functional and sculptural work at my studio, south of Auckland, in rural Ramarama. My love of nature and sustainability is my inspiration, leading to all manner of clay building, by wheel, hand or mold – followed by surface treatments of carving, drawing and glaze. I use a range of firing methods; electric, gas and Wood fired – completing my own wood kiln build in 2013.

Rachel Carter     Thursday Morning Tutor:    Wheel Throwing General Class   Potter Rachel Carter creates porcelain domesticware for people who share her love of craft and design. As an artist Rachel strives to make work that enhances people’s lives while using methods that are gentle on the planet. Her pieces bring a calm beauty to their environments, whether stacked on a shelf or giving pleasure in their feel. They are handcrafted to enrich the rituals of daily life.

Rachel Carter

Thursday Morning Tutor:

Wheel Throwing General Class

Potter Rachel Carter creates porcelain domesticware for people who share her love of craft and design. As an artist Rachel strives to make work that enhances people’s lives while using methods that are gentle on the planet. Her pieces bring a calm beauty to their environments, whether stacked on a shelf or giving pleasure in their feel. They are handcrafted to enrich the rituals of daily life.

Catherine Spence    Thursday Evening Tutor:    5 week Wheel Sampler   Catherine has been playing with clay for many years but only recently gave up full time work to focus on it properly. She uses a variety of techniques - throwing, coiling and slab building to create both functional and non-functional pieces.  Currently Catherine is completing the Diploma in Ceramic Art at Auckland Studio potters, where she is also an assistant tutor.

Catherine Spence

Thursday Evening Tutor:

5 week Wheel Sampler

Catherine has been playing with clay for many years but only recently gave up full time work to focus on it properly. She uses a variety of techniques - throwing, coiling and slab building to create both functional and non-functional pieces.

Currently Catherine is completing the Diploma in Ceramic Art at Auckland Studio potters, where she is also an assistant tutor.

Kate McIntyre     Thursday Morning Tutor:    Make your own Hand-formed Tableware   Kate has been working predominantly in ceramics since completing a Bachelor of Design in 2009. Kate’s current work is inspired by patterns and structures found in nature. Her interest in the natural world stems not only from the beautiful forms and intricate patterns, but also from the efficient and economical use of material.

Kate McIntyre

Thursday Morning Tutor:

Make your own Hand-formed Tableware

Kate has been working predominantly in ceramics since completing a Bachelor of Design in 2009. Kate’s current work is inspired by patterns and structures found in nature. Her interest in the natural world stems not only from the beautiful forms and intricate patterns, but also from the efficient and economical use of material.

Richard Naylor     Friday Morning Tutor:    The Clay Centre Sampler   I developed a great love of clean classical shapes and lines and a rather sparse feel to my work from my time in Japan. I have always been fascinated by bright colours, with the blues and greens in my work perhaps reflecting the environment of Auckland's West Coast and the Waitakere Forest, where I live and walk my dog. I love working on the wheel, though for larger pots I sometimes use coiling as I find it a very therapeutic way of working and it gives me the opportunity to develop the idea of the pot as I'm going along.

Richard Naylor

Friday Morning Tutor:

The Clay Centre Sampler

I developed a great love of clean classical shapes and lines and a rather sparse feel to my work from my time in Japan. I have always been fascinated by bright colours, with the blues and greens in my work perhaps reflecting the environment of Auckland's West Coast and the Waitakere Forest, where I live and walk my dog. I love working on the wheel, though for larger pots I sometimes use coiling as I find it a very therapeutic way of working and it gives me the opportunity to develop the idea of the pot as I'm going along.