The ultimate combination: sculpture, painting, physics, chemistry, and poetry

Sylvia Sinel of StudioSinel Ltd says she has found her affinity in the forever fascinating world of clay and glazing. Exchanging a busy career life in Stockholm for a chance to follow her dreams of creativity and being close to nature here in New Zealand, she has recently taken the exciting step of becoming a full-time maker. She says “Ceramic art is the ultimate combination of all I cherish: sculpture, painting, physics, chemistry, poetry.”

Make a Graphic Studio Mug with Emma Turner

Create a Graphic Studio Mug with Christchurch ceramic artist Emma Turner, as part of Share a Cuppa, a community event celebrating the ritual of a good cup of tea. Ka rawe!

Emma is currently finishing her diploma in ceramics. She works with colour and decoration to create narrative works, telling stories inspired by her everyday surroundings, and sells a selection of her work in her Felt shop, Emma Turner Ceramics.

Make a Landscape Cup with Jane McCulla

Canterbury potter Jane McCulla shares making a landscape mug with local sand inclusions, as part of Share a Cuppa, a community event celebrating the ritual of a good cup of tea.

Jane makes textured, stretched, stoneware clay vessels and forms, creating fluid textures on dry glazed, stoneware pieces to suggest geology, archaeology, and mankind’s marks on the landscape, fluxed over time. Her Felt shop, Clay Creation, features a selection from her Harbour Rim collection.

Let’s Have a Cuppa!

Kia ora tea drinkers! Conceived in a time of crisis to celebrate and support New Zealand potters, Let’s Have a Cuppa is a nationwide, lockdown-endorsed event for makers to get together, in the COVID-19 sense of the word. Anyone can take part – it’s your chance to share in creativity and togetherness online through inspiring videos, tutorials, conversations, and of course, through the soothing act of drinking tea out of a thoughtfully handmade cup.