Wellington Potters' Association
130 Grant Road
P O Box 6686
Telephone: 04 473 3680 

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The Wellington Potters' Association (WPA) welcomes new members. If you have always hankered to play with clay but have not had the opportunity, or if you are an experienced potter, we cater for all levels of interest, experience and competence.

The WPA is based at the Wellington Potters Centre on the edge of Wellington's Green Belt in Thorndon, close to the central city with easy access by public transport. For the historically minded the WPA was incorporated in 1958 and is therefore probably one of the oldest such potters club in the country. Its members are predominantly Wellington based studio and hobby potters but with a significant number of country members who keep in touch with our activities through our monthly Newsletter.

We hold exhibitions at least once a year. Throughout the year we hold specialised weekend workshops with visiting overseas and local tutors.

The club also has an anagama kiln at Horokiwi on the hills overlooking Soames Island that provides opportunities for local potters to undertake wood firing.
Wellington Potters Centre
Potter in Residence at Wellington Potters’ Association. Calling potters and ceramic artists!

We are offering an opportunity for a potter or ceramic artist to use the Potter-in-Residence studio at Wellington Potters’ Association clubrooms for a 3-month period.  The residency will give someone time for concentrated work, to do some experimenting, get together a body of work, or prepare for an exhibition…… whatever your goal.

The offer is open to potters and ceramic artists from New Zealand and overseas.

Alan Ross is recording the story of WPA’s Te Haunui anagama kiln chapter by chapter. You can follow this story in the Features section of this website.

What the Centre Has To Offer
  • Excellent, secure and readily accessible facilities with good parking
  • 24 hour access
  • Kilns (4 electric).
  • Wheels (12 electric and kick wheels).
  • Extensive library professionally maintained.
  • A collection of work by many internationally recognised potters
  • Spacious work areas.
  • Evening and weekend classes catering for different levels of competency.
  • Workshops and demonstrations.
  • Technical advice from experienced members.
  • Visiting potters.
  • Potter in Residence.
  • Annual exhibitions.
  • Talks/films/videos/slide evenings.
  • Clay available for purchase.
  • Use of club glazes.
  • Social activity.
  • Informative Newsletter.
  • Club days/evenings

You can read our monthly newsletter by clicking the link at the top of this page.

If you wish to sample what we have to offer or are visiting Wellington send us an email or give us a call.

To Join

You may download an application form for joining Wellington Potters Association. Please read the requirements for Membership on the second page of this sheet then complete this form in full. Either place it in the safe at the WPA Rooms at 130 Grant Road Thorndon, mail it to Wellington Potters at P O Box 6686, Te Aro, Wellington 6141, or email it to The Committee will consider the application at the next committee meeting and get back to you.   Please do not make any payment until your membership has been accepted.

Download an print off the application form for Wellington Potters Association

Membership Categories Fee
Single $70
Double $90
Single (with key for 24-hour access) $140
Double (with key for 24-hour access) $180
Country member (Lives beyond 40 km from Wellington.  Entitles you to newsletter and participation in WPA exhibitions.) $35
Double membership is for two members living at the same address.  

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Classes at Wellington Potters Association  

evenings 5.30-7.30 pm
Handbuilding and throwing.
Basics to intermediate.  8-week courses.
Enrol through Wellington High School CEC:

evenings 5.30-7.30 pm and 7.30-9.30pm
Throwing all levels.  8-week courses.
Enrol online through the Community Education Centre:

All classes are held at the WPA rooms at 130 Grant Road, Thorndon, Wellington.

New Zealand Potters (Inc.)

Registered as an incorporated society in 1965 by an enthusiastic group of potters in Wellington, New Zealand, NZ Potters (Inc.) has grown to become a significant international voice in New Zealand ceramics. The affiliation of about three dozen independent pottery clubs throughout New Zealand together with a number of corporate businesses greatly increases its effective membership. We are a national, not-for-profit organisation representing the interests of practising potters and ceramicists, students of ceramics and all those interested in New Zealand ceramics. We actively support and promote quality, and we encourage and support specialist ceramics education nationally.
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