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Claybenders: Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Claybenders is a showcase of contemporary ceramics produced by Students and Graduates of the Otago Polytechnic Diploma of Ceramic Arts.   

This year, the group have a themed exhibition; Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.  We are exhibiting for the second time at Arthaus, in Orakei Bay Village.  An exciting development is that we have secured funding from Creative Communities to aid live demonstrations, as well as securing sponsorship of True North Teas, to help with the liquid requirements at the opening and closing parties.   

Although it’s a group exhibition these artists celebrate the role of the individual, representing their own unique style.  Whether its sculptural, wheel thrown, slip-cast, or hand built, all of these artworks and functional items are unique.  The emphasis is on revealing the multitude of possibilities that can emerge from using clay.  Who better to illustrate this wonderful medium than the current and future generation of ceramic artists?  

The diploma programme is administered from Dunedin to learning centres throughout New Zealand – this exhibition is the work of the students based in Auckland; the studio modules taught at the Auckland Studio Potters Centre in Onehunga.  The ASP has promoted and trained artists for well over 50 years.  This exhibition reunites both the current and past students. 

The line-up of artists this year are; Aidan Raill, Ann O’Sullivan, Anne Hudson, Annie McIver, Carla Ruka, Carol Stewart, Catherine Spence, Elena Renker, Helen Perrett, Joelle March, Kim Rochester, Margaret Bray, Michelle Bow, Michelle Brown, Mike Munro, Pauline McCoy, Phil Brooks, Roy Burgoyne, Suzy Dünser, Thomas Blackstock, Tina Page and Yue Luo. 

Our opening is on Saturday 3rd November from 7-9pm. 

- Margaret Bray