...the creative response

I am Carla Woollaston

Rangitikei/Manawatu creative agent who provides

  • process development & coaching
  • materials, 
  • art works, 
  • workshops & experiences

 for personal, community and commercial creativity.


Blog Posts



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

Logo - Thistleburn Pottery - includes a scottish thistle
A gaggle of Carla Woollaston's Cast Porcelain Tumblers


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)
  • Pottery supplies

Logo - a bright green seedling laid on the lettering
Gorgeous little orchid grown in a kokedarma

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!

Logo - Sculpture Play 3D - Manawatu Sculptor

Oamaru Stone Sculpting

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

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

Logo Withy Way - letters all have trees at the top
Starting a willow basket with some tools of the art

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.

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

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 life activism about textile waste.

Such gorgeous old fabrics! Such fun!

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

Logo - Ochre Arts
Arty Stash

Ochre Arts

I have closed the art supply until Septembert 2023.

There are just a few lines I am keeping running while I'm living between two towns. These can be found in the Shopping Lists


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.



The next best time is right now.

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