Potters gather for con­fer­ence

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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.

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