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Pottery workshops

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries - Coromandel Town

27-28 April and 1-2 June

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries in partnership with Ceramics NZ are running a series of one-day pottery workshops celebrating the hand-built techniques and approach of the incredible Barry Brickell.


This small, intimate and relaxed workshop will focus on unravelling the hand-building sculptural techniques of Barry Brickell (with a close up look at some of his most iconic works held by the Driving Creek Railway, Arts and Conservation Trust Collection).


Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced maker this is your opportunity to get a deeper understanding of how local clay, engineering and the environment influenced Barry’s amazing pottery and art.


You’ll get your hands dirty in Barry’s historic studios and take a ride on his famous train on this busy and deeply tactile experience. Participants will explore the clay pits, traditional machinery, kilns, wildlife sanctuary and heritage buildings that make up the historic Driving Creek Railway & Potteries with tutor and guide Laurie Steer.


Broken into two easy going parts, the morning session starts at 8.45am for a train ride, then runs till 12 noon with pottery tuition and a guided walking tour, after which there will be a one hour lunch break. Hungry potters will be provided with a vegetarian lunch from the wonderful Wharf Road café (dietary options available). The workshop resumes at 1pm and finishes at 3pm. All participants will create their own unique works from local wild clay, which will be raw fired onsite and return posted.


This inspiring and educational day out will cost you $165 and includes a train ride, tuition by Laurie Steer, all materials, tea/coffee/biscuits and lunch. Book your place at this inspirational ceramic experience and learn more about the amazing life and ceramic style of one of New Zealand’s most iconic creatives.


Who: Your tutor will be Laurie Steer. Laurie is an artist and potter. He is also an occasional educator and human. With 27 years practical experience and a Master’s degree in Art & Design, Laurie has collaborated with and studied under some of New Zealand’s leading artists and designers. From ceramics to design Laurie leads a richly diverse life, comfortably merging art and craft sensibilities with contemporary education for endlessly interesting outcomes.


27 and 28 April 2019, 8.45am-3pm


1 and 2 June 2019, 10am-4.15pm For June workshops, the train ride takes place after the pottery tuition from 3-15-4.15pm.


Where : Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, 380 Driving Creek Road Coromandel 3506 New Zealand A two-and-a-half-hour drive from Auckland, Hamilton or Tauranga.

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