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Pottery workshops

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries - Coromandel Town

November - February 2019

Driving Creek Railway and Potteries in partnership with Ceramics NZ are running a series of one-day pottery workshops. Whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced maker this is a chance for you to get your hands dirty in the studio used by Barry Brickell at Driving Creek. You’ll also get the chance to ride on Barry’s famous train and be shown around the Base Yard and Potteries by tutor, Laurie Steer, who knew Barry and fired many of the kilns on this site.


In a small class of eight pupils, this relaxed and supportive workshop will focus on looking at the hand-building 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). Aspiring potters will explore this often-overlooked technique to create their own unique works and broaden their understanding of clay as a dynamic natural material.


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 moments to walk around or look at Barry’s work, 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.


This inspiring and educational day out will cost you $160 and includes a train ride, tuition by Laurie Steer, all materials, tea/coffee/biscuits and lunch. Take the first step, ignite your passion for pottery or reignite an old flame at this intimate, inspirational ceramic experience.


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.


When: Saturday, 10 November 2018, 8.45am-3pm


Saturday, 15 December 2018, 8.45am-3pm


Saturday, 2 February 2019, 8.45am-3pm


Sunday, 3 February 2019, 8.45am-3pm


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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