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.”
Jane Mcculla’s Harbour Rim series reflects her love of nature, geology, archaeology and man’s mark on the landscape, and is strongly influenced by her surroundings in Te Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour. We think they’re just stunning – they’d make a fab Christmas gift, don’t you think?
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.
Share a Cuppa is a community event celebrating the ritual of a good cup of tea, and at 2pm on Friday 28 August, we have 200 Share A Cuppa gift sets to give away!
Handcrafted by more than 40 studio potters from around Aotearoa, they are for you to gift to the person who has been your Covid-19 hero, giving you support, comfort, and love during this difficult year.
Gwen has been working with clay for more than a decade and specialises in hand-building techniques. She teaches ceramics and runs General Pottery in Christchurch.
Jenny is a first generation New Zealander of Chinese and British descent, and a graduate of the Diploma in Ceramic Arts course from Otago Polytechnic. Her Kurinuki cups and other creations can be found in her Felt shop, One Green Leaf.
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.
Conceived during the Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown and created in partnership with the Ceramics Association of New Zealand and Creative New Zealand, Share a Cuppa is a community event celebrating the ritual of a good cup of tea. There are three parts to this amazing event, designed to bring us together, promote creative well-being, and support ceramic artisans in Aotearoa.
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.
Ceramicist Janine Rata was born in the north of England and emigrated to Taranaki in the late 1980s, while in her early teens. She left her background in corporate IT in 2005 to dedicate her time to beginning a family (she has been married to Hone for more than 20 years now and they have two children), and it wasn’t until 2015, while searching for a creative outlet, that she discovered the potter’s wheel. She has been addicted ever since.