Motueka Pottery Workshop’s 25 members, from experienced to keen new potters, work from their base at scenic Riwaka, near Motueka (en route to the Abel Tasman National Park).
Now in its 40th year “Mot Pots” continues to benefit from the hard work and foresight of previous members who built up a well-set-up workshop.
Visiting potters are welcome to drop in on club mornings – Tuesdays 9.30am to 12noon. Attendances vary but the atmosphere is always friendly, helpful and often hilarious.
In recent times Motueka’s potters have been inspired to do more hand building in addition to wheel-work. Members sell at Potters Patch craft co-operative in Motueka’s High Street.
Special events – Members take part in workshops by visiting potters, exhibitions, pottery tours, raku days and pit firing weekends.
Join “Mot Pots” – New members are always welcome to join the workshop. Even if you’ve never played with clay before, come along and give it a go. Members of the workshop run classes for beginners and these are advertised in advance. The joining fee is $25 and the annual subscription is $25. Members are issued with a key so they may use the building at any time.
Club morning – Members gather every Tuesday from 9.30am to 12pm at the Riwaka Domain workshop; this gives newer potters an opportunity to ask experienced members for advice. Come along and meet group members at this relaxed and friendly weekly occasion.
The Annual Riwaka Market Day—January 2 – This very popular community event attracts crowds of locals and visitors alike every year after the Christmas/New Year rush. Workshop members run the market as their main fundraiser. Their stall offers quality pottery at bargain prices, a table for children to make pottery and hand-made pottery animals at the Children’s Lucky Dip. Make sure you put this showcase of local craft talent, food, clothes and much more in your new year’s diary.
History – The workshop began in 1974 when a group of local people interested in making pots formed a club. The workshop members rent a building at the Riwaka Domain from the Tasman District Council and they have all the equipment there necessary for producing pottery.
Location – The Motueka Pottery Workshop is located at the picturesque Riwaka Domain on the corner of Highway 60 and School Road, 11 minutes from Motueka. There is plenty of parking. The domain is an ideal picnic spot with a playground.
What’s at “Mot Pots”:
- Excellent, secure facilities
- Easy parking
- 24-hour access
- Two electric kilns
- Eight electric wheels
- Affordable yearly subscription
- Clay slab roller
- Use of club glazes
- Lending library
- Clay available to buy
- Spacious work areas
- Club mornings and outings
- Visiting potters’ workshops
- Raku and pit firing days
- Monthly members’ luncheon
- Two cafes nearby