Ceramics & Pottery
In alphabetical order by surname.
Virginia Angus trained as a graphic Artist working in Wellington, Auckland and London. When Virginia and Stuart Angus returned to New Zealand they bought 10 acres of land at Riverhead near Albany and began building a 75 cubic foot diesel kiln. This kiln was used for some time over the next 35 years.
After 46 years living in Riverhead they sold their property and moved to Katikati which they love.They still make pottery, ceramics and metal sculpture and gradually making jewellery has now become part of their creative lives.
I live on the Thames Coast, creating one off, gas fired pottery pieces using unique glazes that are nice for your garden and home.
I enjoy making new glazes and experimenting with colour
Dianne has been working, and loving clay for over 35 years.
A New Zealander, working in the U.S. for over 30 years, her work echoes the culture she grew up in.
Carving and altering the pieces when leatherhard, Dianne now concentrates on slab vessels, boxes and sculptures.
I have been playing with clay since my mid thirties. I attended night classes in Auckland and have been lucky enough to be in a pottery group where there is a kiln to get my work fired.
It has been an interesting association over the years, and I have been able to take part in wood fired kilns, salt and raku as well as pit firings, each giving a different finish to the pieces.
Pottery has been my main interest and I have been a member of the Thames Art Society for 10 years. This wonderful group has been very inspiring and I enjoy sharing ideas with the potters and members of the gallery. It is such a buzz to see my work displayed in this beautiful gallery.
From their home on the water’s edge at Tararu, just along from the gallery, Paul & Kathy Heffernan create paintings, ceramic works and children’s books.
Mr Heff works in a small studio at the entrance to the property where he makes whimsical and wacky detailed ceramic pieces. Each designed to give folk a chuckle. Kathy applies the colourful glazes. Paul also writes and illustrates children’s books which he publishes himself. Mr Heff’s work can also be seen at www.mrheff.co.nz
My interest in pottery started with mastering the wheel but over the years I became more interested in developing forms and shapes, building and sculpturing by hand.
My wood turning skills also allow me to incorporate recycled native timbers into my art.
Denise has lived in the Thames area most of her life, and started doing pottery about 20 years ago.
Denise likes to push the clay to its limit in its design and challenge herself with technical ideas.
She also enjoys experimenting with different types of firings for example pit and wood fired raku.
I’m a new potter. Started slab work 3 years ago but often had long breaks so am really a novice at this.
I love working with clay. It is the only medium I’ve found that if you stuff it up you can just smash it down and start over again. The process of building something, glazing it and never really knowing how it’s going to look, surprises always.
The fish are Raku, a process I love of burning with fire, smothering in sawdust and then immersing in water. Clay work has been calming and has taught me patience.
Gary Nevin lives at Whenakite and makes his versions of humans and animals.
Visit our garden gallery at 1367 State Highway 25, Whenuakite, Whitianga.
I'm involved both with ceramic sculpture using stains and oxides and mixed media painting. Usually figurative and in painting I enjoy a mix of acrylic, drawing and collage.
In the 1960's I graduated in fine arts at Elam School of Art Canterbury, specializing in sculpture and some years later did a diploma of Secondary Education. I taught for over 12 years and came to live in Thames some years ago.
Art is about expressive intent.
So when throwing something on the pottery wheel I feel that part of me is imbedded into the piece. Whether it is a single piece or a repeat form it still carries it.
In throwing time I’m very young and still have this desire to explore (though mature in age). A lot of my work is functional art and so typically has a use.
Glazing and firing are a whole big can of worms. I find that this torments me the most, as in the kiln it is all great and bad at the same time. Until you can take your first peek, usually very quickly and then you have to endure hours more of waiting for it to cool.
The satisfaction of the work as it is finished is enormous.
Gael joined the Thames Art Gallery pottery group in June 2022 where she gets informal tutoring and heaps of encouragement and support! Her focus to date has been hand made work creating a variety of shapes and forms.
Previously a felter, a curiousity about pottery led her to change tack. Moving from fabric to clay has proved challenging but enjoyable, and mostly rewarding.
I was first introduced to the exciting world of Ceramics as an art student at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California in the mid 1960's and have retained a passionate love of clay since!
I endeavour to create robust work using a mix of locally dug clays and fired in our Kauaeranga Valley wood fired kiln.