Please follow the links to Peter's Pottery and Laura's Paintings on the right hand side of this page to see recent work from our studios and pottery and painting in progress.
This 102 year old building has been home and studio to artists, Peter and Laura Gregory, for the last 20 years. Under this roof both pottery and paintings are made.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Open Studio Weekend, and Josephine's Tea Party
As usual, on the first weekend of the month, we will open our studio at the Waikouaiti Old Post Office to the public, Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. This gives people a chance to meet us in our studio, and to see work in progress as well as the finished article. I often spend the Open Studio weekend working on my potter's wheel, and have been known to give an impromptu lesson or two Josephine's Tea Party Attending a meeting is always a chancy thing. There is a risk that you might end up with something to do or to organise! All it takes, is a stray suggestion, a mere throw away line, when the meeting is getting into General Business, and you can be for it! Near the end of a meeting of the Stuart Street Potters Co-operative, as some were yawning and reaching for their coats, a voice said “why don't we put on an exhibition of tea pots”. The someone was Josephine Waring, a salt glaze potter from Waitati. An innocent enough remark. A couple of dates around Christmas and New Year were suggested, and we all went home. Of course, no one in their right mind actually organises an event for Christmas/New Year, and it was not long before our right minds kicked in and we sheepishly shifted the date to 4 April.
Over the last few weeks the 12 members of the Co-op have been making tea pots and other tea related items. In our various workshops and studios, there has been the “odd drama”. Teapots cracking or exploding in the kiln, glazes developing bubbles and pustules like adolescent acne, but we are mostly succeeding, and as the time for the exhibition draws close we are excited about how it will look.
Do come and celebrate this exhibition with us when you are in Dunedin. The exhibition is called “Josephine's Tea Party, an exhibition of teapots and other tea-making paraphernalia”. The public opening is at 10.45am on Saturday 4 April. The exhibition runs until 17 April. You will find the Stuart Street Potters Co-operative located in Lower Stuart Street, Dunedin, opposite the Law Courts.