Thistleburn Pottery


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I am really enthusiastic about process understanding. Pottery demands this in spades!

Follow my blog to share the pains and delights of continuous learning in this craft.

Keep an eye on my events for opportunities to participate in my experiences.

Buy lovely supporters, Buy! if you spot a piece that you love please buy it.

During 2019 I will be facilitating a body of work for the

Generation Taihape - Tile Project

Sgraffito Experience
Attend a one-hour Sgraffito Experience at Do-i
Do-i……….? Yes….. Do-i !
the creative space at the back of, 321 Main Street, Palmerston North

Take an after-work hour, learning and make your own personalised rustic tile.

Experience this groovy decorative method for decorating raw pottery. I will help you plan and do your own tile. These are groovy for newborn records, pet memorials or just your favourite art style.

***I will look after your tile while it dries and take it through the two firing processes. Then you can pick up your finished work.***

Have a look at other tile work I am doing at

Need to know a bit more?

The greatest thing about sharing my creative experiences is watching the results achieved by people who once believed that they were not creative!

Sgraffito Experience runs from 5.15pm to 6.15pm and covers some planning and tool use skills. All you need to decorate your tile is provided.

You are welcome to bring your cuppa or cold drink in with you. This is a groovy afterwork break scheduled to sneak some creativity into your busy life.

Tickets sold through
Door sales between 4.45 & 5.10 if any spaces are available.

Friday 14 June
Monday 19 August

NZ$ 48.00 Per Pax
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Lid Silicon for Keep Cup

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Tile Making Ticket
This ticket gets you making a tile for Generation Taihape - Tile Project.

Choose a ticket for people and families, also great for non profit organisations.

Or choose a commercial ticket

You can choose the size of your tile

9 x 15cm tile (tiny portrait)
15 x 15 cm tile (square like most of the tiles already installed)
18 x 15cm tile (landscape)
25 x 15cm tile (landscape)

You could also buy multiple tiles and work in a design that goes over them all

There will be tile making workshops in Taihape and possibly in Palmerston North from Feb 2019 onwards. There will be weekday, evening and weekend sessions offered.

Your voucher will only expire 6 months after the project finishes to give everyone the best chance to be involved.

You will get coaching on
~how this installation will look and feel
~how to make your design plan work

Ticket includes materials and firing.
Postage is not included
Installation is not included

NZ$ 31.00 - 138.00
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Cast Porcelain Vessel
This is the start of my casting story...

I made these cast porcelain tumblers as a nod to the old style glass I remember my grandfather using. The dimples round the base settle into your hand when you hold it.
My first shape is named for Geoff, then I formed a finer shape, this I named for my grandmother, Edith. These two wee tumblers take about 180ml
My third shape in this series I made when my niece wanted a water glass. This one holds about 600mls and I have named it Frankie for the name she and my dad share.
More to come…..

Casting porcelain has been a wonderful experience. My quirky shapes are well suited to the process and my brain rapidly throws up more design ideas. Luckily, it takes quite some time to resolve so not all will make it to the mud stage.

Each piece varies as they have come through a hand made casting, finishing and glazing process.

Approximate measurements
80mm tall
80mm widest

9 glaze effects
Nasturtium (orange/white)
Cecil's Rose (pink/white)
Waterfall (green/white)
Blue Eyes (blue)
Willow (a matte white)
Saddle (a glossy terracotta)
Mist (this one is yet to succeed!)

Off spec: Sometimes your glazing thoughts and your glazing realities fall far from each other!
At the moment there is a set of tumblers the instead of looking misty, look exactly like their glaze name should be “drove the landrover through the mud near the cattle stop”. You get my drift?

I can make your selection of tumblers in your glaze choices
Look out for casting workshops to learn how to make this style of pottery.

NZ$ 24.00 - 30.00
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321 Main Street
Palmerston North

06 280 4212

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