Potters gather for conference
It’s an annual event that brings together the potters of this country and this year it is being held in Hawke’s Bay.
The NZ Potters Conference, called Hands On Hawke’s Bay 2016, will be in full swing on Saturday and Sunday at the Waiohiki Arts Village, Taradale, while on Friday evening at the Havelock North Function Centre, the NZ Potters’ annual exhibition, selected and judged by Hastings City Art Gallery director Toni MacKinnon, will be opened by deputy mayor Cynthia Bowers. The exhibition is open to the public until July 31.
It has been many years since the annual Potters’ Conference took place in Hawke’s Bay. The conference is amecca for ceramic and pottery practitioners in New Zealand and it provides opportunities to meet, talk, watch and learn.
The three pottery clubs in Hawke’s Bay are leading the organisation of the conference, with Keirunga Potters responsible for the exhibition and catalogue, Taradale Pottery Club readying the Waiohiki Village for the demonstrations and the influx of local and out-of-town potters, and the Napier Pottery Club organising an art and ceramics tour on Monday.
Internationally renowned potters Nanna Bayer, a Finish national now resident in Hobart, Tasmania will be running a two-day master class, with Zsolt Faludi, also from Tasmania, demonstrating his techniques.
Other demonstrations are by Maori master potter and clay sculptor Baye Riddell from Tokomaru Bay and Sophie Lankovsky of Havelock North demonstrating her ceramic birds.
Other renowned New Zealand ceramicists sharing their skills are Mike O’Donnell, Aaron Scythe and Bruce Walford. Paul Pepworth will demonstrate glazing.
BLACK BIRD: Sophie Lankovsky, of Havelock North, specialises in making raku fired ceramic birds. She will be demonstrating at the NZ Potters Conference.
MASTER: Examples of the work byMaori master potter and clay sculptor Baye Riddell.