At Northcote Pottery Supplies we run a variety of one and two day workshops with experienced tutors. These workshops are held throughout the year, usually on a weekend. Masterclass workshops are developed for beginners and those with previous experience working with clay. Workshops are hands-on and focus on a particular technique or group of techniques. Students will develop an understanding of these techniques, how to use certain materials and tools and acquire ideas and projects that will inspire. Our workshops are conducted in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere.
2019 Chris Weaver Wheel Throwing Masterclass
Chris Weaver graduated in 1975 with a Diploma in Fine and Applied Arts with a Distinction in Design and Sculpture and a Certificate in Ceramics in 1976. He lives and works at Kaniere, near Hokitika, on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. He regularly exhibits both nationally and internationally, and has been selected for international award exhibitions in Australia and Japan.
He has won several major awards, received Creative New Zealand Study and Creative Development grants, and is represented in public and private collections in New Zealand and overseas.
Clay has been an obsession for most Chris Weavers life, with the focus particularly on tableware. Weaver makes functional objects rooted in tradition that have references to other things, natural or man-made. Form, function and attention to detail are overriding concerns and he likes his pots to have something of a sculptural presence. The design process excites Weaver and it is usually during the making that new work evolves. The teapot form interests Weaver the most because of the design challenges and scope for expression that it offers.
I have assembled a variety of wheel-throwing and altering techniques and a unique approach to handle- and tool-making developed over 40 years as a studio potter in New Zealand.