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CHRISTCHURCH POTTERY STUDIO RULES + POLICIES
Reservations are required. Our studio is small and can only accommodate maximum of 5 students. Please email to coordinate a private wheel, hand-building or customized workshop.
Due to Level 2 restrictions, please wear a mask, scan in and sanitize when you visit us. We ask that you please wear a mask during the duration of your class. If you are sick, please let us know and would be best if you stay at home.
Please clean up. Your wheel and/or workspace should be left as it was when you arrived.
Payment is required when booking. If you have a gift card and would like to use it towards studio offerings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to redeem.
For classes; If you arrive late, your session will still conclude at the designated time.
We do not allow any outside clay or glazes in our studio for firing. Payment must be made at drop off and there is no refund available for breakage, cracking, explosion or imperfect firing of any kind. We currently do not provide firing only services for non students.
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We'll keep your order for several days so you can come get it at a convenient time. We ship via Post Haste or Pass The Parcel for small orders under 25kgs.
*EFTPOS available. We do not currently accept cash
**Prices are in NZD and all transactions will be charged in NZD. We do not ship outside of New Zealand
***Please contact us know if your order is above 20kgs
****At the Secure Checkout page, you'll see the ordered item’s description and price. Delivery times vary depending on your selected delivery address, availability of your items, and the time of the day you place your order.
We are Botpots supplier in Christchurch/South Island.
We believe that arts and crafts is what connects us regardless of race, gender or belief.
Our continuing goal is to supply potters, artist and crafts people with great quality products and a brilliant customer service.
We aim to get everyone muddy.
Hello. My name is Yas and my native name is Wakina. I am the distributor of Botpots in Christchurch and the south island. Thank you in advance for your amazing support.
"Pottery is the perfect antidote to our electronic devices and fast-paced society." -Amelia Johansen
Hi. I am from a small town in the northern part of the Philippines and my town is known for our irrigated rice field terraces that is contoured steeply on our mountains. In fact it is regarded as the 8th Wonders of the World. Plus we are known to be the "inhabitant of the known world."
My people have an indigenous religion unique to our traditional culture. We were not colonized by Spaniards due to our community solidarity and strong ethnic community. Imagine for 300 years of Spanish occupancy, we were not colonized ever. This is why our way of life and valued traditions are still practiced to date.
Pottery in my town is only specific to the use of moon jars for our rice wines which is known to be a sacred drink. A medium used to reach the blessing of the Sky God. Growing up, I remember my great grandmother creating jars using terracotta clay and pit firing it. Currently, ancient pottery is still practiced in our neighboring tribes.
My first modern pottery experience was in 2012 in California and Laguna brand was the medium used. I moved to NZ in 2015 and couldn't practice pottery due to new location and a new baby on the way. By the time he turned 4, I wanted to get back into pottery again but struggled buying clay in Christchurch. Shipping from north island equals a bag. On top of that, I had to wait for 7 weeks on waiting list to buy a bag at local distributor. I ran out of patience waiting for more weeks multiply by my stinginess of shipping cost, I searched on Mr. Google and decided to get in touch with Botpots Auckland. I asked the owner Pat if its possible to be a distributor in Christchurch and to my disbelief, he said yes.
I never really thought of becoming a pottery distributor and sharing this avenue of artistic expression to people of Christchurch and the south island. I was just initially after a black clay. A black clay so I can replicate a barro negro from Mexico. But I am amazed with potters in Christchurch who are very welcoming and congratulating me through this journey.
After my great grandmother died, I have not played with clay. Went to college, got busy with life. Started working. Married and had a child. These different events of life changed the dynamics of being a working mom, a wife, a potter summed up into one is insane. Never really considered getting back into pottery again. But somehow, pottery found me. So here I am...back in my world...
I thanked the series of events that led me to this. To the people who I met along the way and made it possible. To Pat, thank you for this wonderful opportunity. To my family, my husband who has to deal with all of my 200 other hobbies. To my son who wants to ride this journey with me at age 4. To the strangers who bought from this store and enrolled in my classes, thank you more than words can say...xoxo