...the creative response

I am Carla Woollaston, a Manawatu creative agent who provides Art Supplies, Process Development, Art Works, & Workshops for personal, community and commercial creativity.  read the about page here....

Much of my finished work is available in
Ochre Arts 
The Gap101 Arcade, 
Between Broadway Avenue and UCOL
Palmerston North 
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays 10 - 5 
Thursdays 10 - 7 

Creativity Gives Us Freedom!

In the same way that confidence gives us freedom, I think creativity makes us able to cause change in our lives. The practice of a creative process primes our world view to openness. In this openness we are more able to strike upon solutions.

Creativity is kin to Ecology!

In the same way that frugality sits opposite to waste, I see a creative response as a way to lessen our footprint on our ecology. Where we can engage creativity to meet our recreation and functional needs we have a real opportunity to design and take responsibility for how our actions impact the world around us.

Creativity changes people & it is people who change the world.


Craving the process rhythm of playing with mud I have developed a cherished starting point

  • Cast porcelain drinkware
  • Random pottery makings
  • Small group workshops
  • Contract kiln firing (1 cubic foot)

Glass & Mosaic

Glass and tile continue to fascinate me. The way these materials can be used to tell a story and how the reveal pops has always kept my creative attention. Hoarding bright shiny things shows us that the magpie in my spirit is strong 

  • Headstone commissions
  • Mosaic materials
  • Glass and mosaic art

Oamaru Stone Sculpting

A long love of reductive sculpting has lead to sharing this work with novice and experienced sculptors

  • Whole Day Workshops for Summer
  • Evening Classes for returning sculptors
  • Process Planning appointments
  • Sculptures, commissions and Oamaru stone sales continue

Reclaimed Fabrics

Jarma Bums are hand made in Manawatu, NZ. I am a novice sewer who has taken a shine to retro sheets and bedlinen. The Jarma Bums project is a slow llife activism about textile waste.

 Such gorgeous old fabrics! Such fun!

I am looking for designer/maker to undertake a summer internship

Timber & Twigwood

Willow is a new exploration in my creative journey. The sheep got in on my cuttings two years in a row so wish me luck with the 2021 plantings.

As a tinyblock holder I have been open to creativity that I can grow at home.

I'm also a bit devoted to slowing the tide of timber that ends up in landfill. You will find projects and materials that  are my response to that waste stream.

Plants & Plant Lifestyle

Always, always I have been creative with flowers and plants.

Keep an eye out for my...

  • House Plants
  • Edible seedlings
  • Kokedama
  • Suculents

And on very special occasions I can be found doing the flowers!




The next best time is right now.

Don’t put off your own creative response any longer!