Continuing on from his practice of choosing a single theme to work on over a year (Teapot Show, Cup Show) Brendan has chosen to work on Looped pieces this year. “I have always been attracted to Paul Klee’s series of aches paintings, the arched forms can be seen as striding figures, architectural pieces or landscape forms. Starting at this point and then stacking loops on loops I have made references to landscapes, growing roots and branches. Amongst the twisted forms you can find teapots, figures, candle holders, cups and bowls”

View Work in this Exhibition

Coming up next in our Front Room Gallery is the wonderful Nicky Jolly, she is creating work for an exhibition in October. Potter Nicky Jolly makes sculptural and functional pots that enhance everyday living. With glazes that complement the clay form and set off the food. Nicky has been crafting original handcrafted pottery for 39 years.

Now living in Kerikeri, she was a long time member of the Auckland pottery scene. People may remember her work at “Pots of Ponsonby” and the Titirangi market.

"It's been 12 years since I had a solo show...Working for a show instead of craft markets has been therapeutic and I am surprised at my direction.
Potters may be interested in (or disgusted by) my fake ash, wood and celadon glazes (must be missing those firings), and teapots! When did I last make one of those. Also lots of birds.
The exhibition is called "Centred". I centre the clay and the clay centres me." I have been hand building and throwing on the wheel, sometimes a combination of both.”


We normally limit our exhibitions to pottery but when Phillippa approached us to have an exhibition in our gallery we could not refuse the challenge. Her first exhibition with us was a great success so we are excited to be having a second!
Light designer and sculptor Phillippa Kenny has been making light-based work, suited to both domestic and commercial spaces, since 2004.
In this new body of work, geometric abstract forms tip, wedge, float and poise precariously. Reflecting on the shifting nature of states of equilibrium, Phillippa’s work alludes to our malleable, transient and ultimately changeable perceptions of the world.
The final composition of each lightbox is the result of an immersive and dynamic process of balancing and re-balancing, with each work in the series taking a fragment from its predecessor to move forward, reflecting the overall journey we take in our response to daily life and living.
Phillippa received a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Sculpture) in 2001 from Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand and was awarded first place in the Depot Art Award for Untitled, 2001, that year.
Phillippa has exhibited in a number of Auckland galleries and outdoor sites, and several of Phillippa’s works are included in the Wallace Arts Trust Collection.


"Teatime is an ideal time to sit and appreciate pottery. The simple lines of a well-proportioned pot, the elegant spout of a jug, the tactile satisfaction of a cup that fits your hand just right and delicately rests on your lip every time you sip."
Richard and Bex celebrate the small pleasures of the teatime ritual and seek to encourage us all to take time to enjoy the sheer joy of textures...and tea.


Chasing the Ooze

Thomas won the “Wallace Artist Residency” prize at the annual Fire & Clay Show 2017. The work in this show is the result of this residency.
"Chasing the ooze began with noticing that the slow crawl of viscous substances (ooze) sparked my imagination and suggested something a bit primal. Breaking formal boundaries and obscuring the classical structures that underlie many of these pots with different interpretations of this 'ooze' felt somehow forbidden, but satisfying...and a bit fun. I found it impossible to 'ooze up' anything without a grin on my face."
View work in this exhibition 

Next Exhibition in our Front Room "Other Times Other Places"

Heather and Stuart first met in Hawkes Bay in 1975 and built a brick diesel kiln together, rather pretentiously called “The Buddha’s Armpit”!  . Inspired by attending a “Do” at Driving Creek, they moved to Coromandel in a Bedford K truck, and a Morris Minor with two children [Heather's] and a dog [Stuart's]. Eventually life took other turns and directions and 35 years or so later, they met unexpectedly again at ASP!
The title of the Show, Other Times and Other Places, refers to this long association as well as to the work itself.

Heather explains that the toys have their origin in the past and in our own nostalgia for the innocence of childhood. Now separated and individualised, they live in a kind of unease of being. All is not as it seems. They experience the anxiety of their transition into an unknown future and their “not yet humanness”

Stuart's work is a combination of saltglazed pots, woodfired in the ASP kilns and work from a recent trip to Jingdezhen, China. These pots are slipcast from moulds made from original thrown pieces. In China, he experimented with some slab built porcelain and hopes to develop this further on a return residency in 2019



"The three of us come from quite different backgrounds and artistic disciplines. But the common thread that binds us together is a love of firing dirty, hot kilns.
This exhibition is the result of numerous firings with varying results, it's also a celebration of our time working together over the past few years.
Roll on the next firing!!!"
Emily, Mark and Steve

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Elena Renker Artist Statement

"I make my pots by cutting and carving a solid block of clay in very quick, gestural movements. Once the outside has firmed up I can then carve out the inside and shape the foot of the pot. I use various types of stoneware clays from New Zealand, Australia, USA, Korea and Japan. Each clay has a different colour and texture. The pots are then decorated with an iron oxide or an ash based slip and glazed in a Japanese shino style glaze.

Shino is a traditional Japanese glaze made from a local feldspar found in the Mino region. It became very popular with the Zen tea masters of the 16th century for theirceremonial wares. Shino’s white and brown surface has been compared to the lasttraces of winter snow, with the promise of spring in the air. I first became drawn to shino when I was searching for a glaze to suit a particular pot. Once I started experimenting with this glaze I became fascinated with its compelling nature. The crazing, the pin-holing and crawling, all factors normally considered glaze defects are what give the shino glaze its special character.

As we are unable to obtain the Japanese feldspars here, western potters have developed glaze formulas using available ingredients that mimic the nature of the Japanese shino. But it is really the interaction between the clay, the glaze and the fire that makes this glaze such a challenge for me. Using the same clay and glaze in the same firing cycle can produce completely different results.

When I first started working with this technique a few years ago my main focus was on making tea bowls. For me a tea bowl is a fascinating thing, an object of appreciation and contemplation. It allows a unique combination of functional and sculptural elements. My aim in making a tea bowl is not perfection, on the contrary, it is the imperfections that make the bowl come alive, making it easier to relate to, it makes it more human. During my residency in Japan a couple of years ago I started to experiment making bigger pots, sake cups and bottles, vases etc.

In 2009 I build a wood fired kiln at my studio north of Auckland. I now fire most ofmy pots to 1300C for 15 to 18 hours in this kiln. I love the effect that the wood ash has on the shino glaze, the subtle colours and ash deposits."

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make :  love

Next up in the gallery are Melissa McMahon and Rupert Herring.  Rupert & Melissa met while studying at Unitec. They both have a love of making, and would usually be first in and last out of the workshops each day. Rupert has a background in carpentry and creates furniture and sculptural work. Melissa works mostly in clay, but her fashion background means other materials often feature in her pieces. Their work shares an interest in the domestic, the notion of re-use, or mending, and a desire to use imperfection as a creative opportunity.Make : Love is a celebration of making.



Bio: Melissa McMahon

Directly inspired by the nebulous space between manufacture of crafted objects and studio craft practice, my objects are frequently inspired by fragments of emotions and experiences. Most often my work takes the form of an urn, I consider them memento mori. Recently I have created a new series of forms which have sprung from explorative making, Since graduating with a Degree in Contemporary Craft in 2015 Melissa’s work has been included in shows at Objectspace, The Vivian Gallery, and selected for the Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Award. Her work has been selected as Boards Choice in the Eden Arts Art Schools award at The Gus Fisher Gallery in 2015, and was recognized with a Highly Commended Award in the ECC Student Craft and Design Awards at The Dowse the same year.

Bio: Rupert Herring.

My aim is to transform old furniture & wood into extraordinary, new pieces. Some of my work celebrates natural ‘imperfections’, defects, and signs of wear. I love that a piece of old discarded furniture has its history ingrained into it; when I re-work a piece of furniture or wood, I give it a new lease of life. 'Re-using what we have' is the philosophy at the centre of all my work.In a world where choice is paramount this limitation of using what is cheap, readily available and sustainable is liberating: finding a use or meaning where it is not necessarily obvious.Rupert’s work has been shown at Objectspace, Depot Artspace, The Vivian Gallery, Waiheke community art gallery and has been featured on ‘Inhabitat’ among numerous other international design sites with a focus on sustainability.

Spilled Light

With Suzy’s exhibition that opened on September 24th September we were looking forward to seeing new direction that Suzy Dünser work has taken and we an the great support that she received were not disappointed.

 "Where do ideas come from? A vintage railway lantern spied at a market; a Victorian mystery; a new approach to a familiar material. A look back towards the past as we hurtle at an unprecedented rate into the future. And a challenge, in the form of the question: “What would you make if you were freed from function?”The work in Spilled Light responds to all of these, exploring the malleability of memory and the power of objects to evoke emotion."





We had a hugely successful opening for the Murray's "Salted" exhibition opening. Thanks to all those who came to make it happen. There is still time to see these beautiful works, exhibition finishes next Sunday 4th September.

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Frank Checketts Exhibition in our Front Room Gallery

Franks exhibition is now over. Some of the pieces may still be available for purchase. To make enquires please email us

Versions of these wheel forms have previously been selected for the Portage Shows and they have been attracting lots of attention. Frank is presently The Wallace Arts Trust artist in residence at Auckland Studio Potters, a position he won at the annual Fire and Clay Exhibition at Pah Homestead.

"I like to work with white raku or recycled clay and my best tool is a wire cutter to make slabs of clay. I specialise in using cut and textured slabs of clay and fire in an electric kiln at 1200 deg Celsius. My work is about shapes and forms and I strive to keep it all as simple as I possibly can. Less is more.I have always enjoyed working with textured panels of clay and combining this with structural strength of curves bends circles. I am inspired by the architectural concepts of support, span and connection.” Frank is currently the vice president at the Auckland Studio Potters.

Exhibition of New Work by Frank Checketts

You are welcome to come to the opening  of Franks exhibition on
Saturday 25th June from 2-5pm

The exhibition runs til 3rd July
Open hours are
10am to 5pm
Wednesday to Sunday


Exhibition of New Work by Frank Checketts on Until Sunday 3rd July

Artist Statement

“My work is about shapes and forms and I strive to keep it all as simple as I possibly can. Less is more.I have always enjoyed working with textured panels of clay and combining this with structural strength of curves bends circles. I am inspired by the architectural concepts of support, span and connection.”


A Sample of the Pieces in the Show


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