The pottery studio at Manson’s Hall was started by North Island College back in the early eighties, offering credit courses in ceramics. Since then it has evolved into an independent collective.
Although it has a small space, there is space for 11 members . Membership in the studio gives you access to all the equipment and glazes. You supply your own clay. Members are asked to have some experience with working in a pottery studio or that they take a class. Classes are offered at the pottery studio for both children and adults.
In the last few years, the membership has become more organized, and many improvements have been made to the space and equipment. There is a relatively new kiln and three newer wheels, as well as three older wheels that work well. None of the members would call themselves “production” potters, but all are developing their skill, feeding their creative muse and cultivating a successful collective enterprise.