And so begins Term 3!

Hello All!

Welcome back to term 3, it’s great to see new faces along with the party faithful!  This term is going to be a busy one with our first group exhibition in the pipeline scheduled for September and also this is the term to get thinking, planning, making for Christmas pressies!

Here are some details for Group Pottery Exhibition…yay!
The exhibition will feature our SOUP can mugs, SOUP wall packets and your other fantastic SOUP related items.
We will need you to volunteer for various tasks to make this show a success. Please have a look at the list below and let me know in class what you can help with.

• Photographing and making a catalog of works
• Distributing a poster and invitation
• Setting up the show on Friday
• Show supervision Friday night 5-7.30pm (opening)
• Saturday morning 10-12pm
• Saturday afternoon 12-2pm
• Saturday afternoon 2-4pm
• Sunday morning 10-12pm
• Sunday afternoon 12-2pm
• Sunday afternoon 2-4pm
• Packing down the show on Sunday


Our exhibition will be called SOUP.
The theme SOUP is inspired by an American fundraising idea where ceramic students make bowls and then have an exhibition to auction/sell them off. Many pottery clubs do this. So this year we thought it might be a good idea to try and combine this alongside of student work
Most students in term 2 created a SOUP can mug. This term we will make a SOUP packet to be wall hung and this item will be available for sale for fundraising.
This week many of you completed your SOUP packet which explored hand-building techniques and the application of slip colour…well done everybody they already look amazing!
The other projects in class that we will encourage you to make for the exhibition will also be themed on SOUP. Think about what ceramic and serving items there are associated with SOUP.
SOUP Bowls
SOUP Tureen
SOUP Spoon
SOUP Ladle
We want you to enjoy this project and take the opportunity to produce items that can go to new homes. This will also be an exercise in professional practice, pricing, and curating ceramics.

One of the skills that was new to you this week, that is a little tricky to do, is kneading the clay.  We do this so that the water content in the clay is evenly distributed and therefore your beautiful creation will dry evenly too.  Also because if there are any air bubbles int eh clay they will be worked out during the kneading process.  Because as we all know ‘air bubbles are the enemy of clay’!  They will cause your piece to crack or explode in the kiln.  Have a look at a previous post of mine that features kneading and printing onto clay.

Righty ho…I will leave you with some pictures of last terms final firing and some sneaky pics of our SOUP packet and mug creations.

Have a great weekend and I will see ya all next week!


Tatyanna 🙂

a.k.a The Busy Finch

Hurrah…end of term pottery marvelousness!

Hello all you cleaver little mud monkeys!

Well term 2 is at an end and well done on a muddy marvelous job!  There have been lots of students coming to the classes new and an equal amount who have continued to come along to learn and make.  This term all in all we have had over 90 ‘potty’ students through the pottery room doors…wow, pretty amazing!  Next terms classes are nearly all full so if you still want to keep on making muddy fun please, please, please get on to it now!

Risingholme has been busy building a new building on the car park and hopefully during the holiday break they will come close to finishing it.  This will mean a slight ease in the parking but also most importantly I have booked in the weekend of the 6th teaching week next term to have our group pottery show…woo hoo!  So over the holidays I am going to get the tin can SOUP mugs glazed.  I will post a notice the last weekend of the holidays for anybody who wishes to come along for a mass glazing effort, so that we can get them into the kilns before the new term starts.  I am very excited to see them all glazed up!  I think that just about everybody managed their SOUP mug and a couple even managed a SOUP packet as well.  If you wish to make a SOUP packet for the wall next term as well I will post a ‘how to’ just before classes start so that you have a heads up.  Otherwise we are now open for other lovely SOUP related vessels and implements to be part of the show.  These items will be displayed and available for sale if you wish.  The SOUP mugs will be sold for fund raising and I will have a couple of options available for the distribution of these funds when we get that far.

Speaking of fund raising…one of the really inspiring projects that is run by ceramic facilitators in America is called the ‘Empty Bowls‘ project.

“Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.”

Empty Bowls Project; Calumet Art Centre

What really amazes me is the extent that the project reaches out into the community.  Not only do most of the pottery studios and clubs run their own ‘Empty Bowls’ night but a huge number of primary  and secondary schools with or without pottery facilities take part as well.  I think that is is an excellent way in which a craft medium can participate in the community in a particularly meaningful way.  I have recently written to them about how we could go about holding one of these events here and they have warmly provided me with information and a blessing to go ahead and organize one.  There are many people still fragile here in Christchurch who could do with a helping hand and a warm meal.  So I am hoping that this is something we could do as The Risingholme Pottery Group next year…let me know if you are keen for me to start this up!

Another event that I am really keen to get up and running is ‘The Pottery Olympics’…basically a fun day where we pit talent, determination and plain old stupidity against each other.  Maybe we could do this for our Christmas break up when the weather is good and we can all spill out into the park with some picnicking? (also keen here for any interest…)  There will be ceramic medals provided to those of you who can produce excellence in mad pottery tasks!

Cambridge Pottery Festival

Well I am off to Tekapo for the week…hot pools here I come!  The landscape is amazing and I am hoping to be inspired…although I must remember not to collect too much of it to incorporate into a project!

A big thank you to everybody who came this term, I have enjoyed teaching you new and crazy things immensely.  Also for all the love and support given to me as I have gone through the past few months of unprecedented gallery and exhibition activity, thank you, thank you, thank you!

That’s me for a couple of weeks…adios amigos!


Tatyanna a.k.a The Busy Finch x

p,s Please feel free to keep perusing my website if you have decided not to come back next term so that you can keep up to date with what you SOUP can is up to!