Society of Potters Offers Otago Polytechnic's Diploma in
Otago Polytechnic Diploma
We have an increase this year in students, a
great indication of the high professional
calibre diploma schedule that we offer. Guest
students enjoy the opportunity for higher
learning and the Diploma nets us an income
that supports the club heavily. One of the
most beneficial parts of hosting the diploma is
that the skill level of our students, who are in
turn usually members, contribute to the
overall ethos of WSP. It is their work that
drives potential students to enquire about the
diploma and make the commitment to join us
and their encouragement that makes members
feel passionate about creating clay art.
The Waikato Society of Potters has been offering the studio practice portion of the Otago Polytechnic’s Diploma in Ceramic Arts since 2004. We have a well equipped studio and the manager, Trish Seddon spends a good deal of time arranging for highly qualified tutors to teach each of the three 10 week modules per year. The Diploma class has students from all around the central North Island and meets for a full day on alternate Fridays.
The course is run on a part time basis and takes 4 years to complete.
Required courses other than studio practice such as Glaze Technology, Art History and Drawing, are done online through Otago Polytechnic by the students working on their own but with local help should they need it.
As well as the formal teaching session, students are encouraged to take part in any of the workshops the society may run throughout the year.
More about the Waikato Society of Potters
Waikato Society of Potters has been an integral part of the Waikato arts community for over 40 years and continues to grow and bring pleasure to adults and children alike. With a large membership and excellent facilities,WSP caters for all walks of life – from those who want to learn to work with clay from talented tutors, group fun for social clubs and community groups, specialised workshops and many opportunities to be part of a very social not-for-profit organisation. With regular exhibitions and open days within the club and an annual Artspost event, both beginners, amateur's and experienced commercial potters make up an amazing group of people who pool their talent to provide a full pottery experience. Night and day classes are available and special requests are often catered for via their comprehensive website.