Number 8 Firing

Number 8 Firing

This firing was crucial, testing of new clays, slips, glazes and a large commission (to help pay for the new lighting) were all going into this one kiln load. To add to the fraught mix was a new supply of wood (gum generously donated by our neighbour) that we hoped was dry enough. The weather was the one factor that played into our hands with a fine spell just in-time…

Let there be light

Let there be light

And so it came to pass that the electrician visited our studio, and lo and behold a marvellous sight was seen. Actually it was two local sparkies and lots of cable, but we now have offical power and oodles of light. What a difference it is to be able to work at night, or even when it gets gloomy. This is also one of the last steps we needed to…

Entrance deck

Entrance deck

The days of entering the studio over a gangway are over. The long planned for deck between the studio and retaining wall is finally in place and makes the connection between the studio and kilns a much less fraught affair. Still a bit of landscaping and drainage to sort, but the improvement was pretty much the instant I laid the boards in-front of the door.

Children’s Classes Starting

Children’s Classes Starting

We’re excited that our classes are finally about to get underway, so if you’re interested please let us know and we can reserve you a place in the class. Dates: Wednesday 22nd February to 12th April (8 weeks), 4pm to 5.30pm Cost $120, includes: clay & firing  Minimum number of students: 4 Ages: 7 to 14 Tutor: Charade Honey This new pottery class will teach a range of skills, covering…

December firing

December firing

Our final firing for the year, shared with the Paeroa Potters and Rose was a good one to finish the year. We dropped cone 11 in 13 hours, burning about 30 pallets. This time a combination of drizzle and really dry fresh pine meant we had serious reduction for the firing, really enhancing the tan and ochre colours of the white stoneware clays. On my clay mix, which uses clay…

Room with a View

Room with a View

It takes a while to work up the courage to hack into the brand new tin walls of the workshop. I had to figure out where to put the windows and how to configure the 6 individual sashes that I had bought off TradeMe. My builder, Rudolph, helped immensely by milling the timber for the frame at his workshop. My job was to assemble the frames, frame up the holes,…

Exhibition at The Vivian Gallery

Exhibition at The Vivian Gallery

Charade is taking part in an exhibition curated by Bronwynne Cornish at The Vivian Gallery in Matakana, opening this coming Saturday 24th September. Artist’s Statement My work for this show has evolved from a question of our relationship to place, whenua (land); how do we honour and protect where we live? The second biggest gold mining company in the world is investigating the land surrounding the area where I live. The…

Latest Firing

Latest Firing

We had a successful firing last week, a chance to burn out the cobwebs in the kiln and test a range of clay experiments. Rose helped out with the firing and also got some lovely pieces out. The firing took 13.5 hours and I used the new Chinese silicon carbide shelves (which worked well). It’s been great to have a studio space next to the kiln, so handy to sort…

Consent Granted

Consent Granted

It was like being back in school, or sitting your driving test. The inspector was booked for 1pm Tuesday and although my head said my new shed should pass, I did fret that some important and completely overlooked detail would de-rail my shed plans. In the end it was swift, painless and the consent was granted with more talk about our appalling weather and how to deal with overflowing drains…

Walls and a Door

Walls and a Door

The weather played up as expected and made the job of attaching the tin that much harder. I’d thought my days of stomping around in the mud were over, but no, I was the ‘lucky’ guy positioned at the bottom of the sheets making sure they were level and screw fixing the bottom edge. That meant my boots got heavier by the minute as vast clumps of clay accumulated on…