Talented and creative tutors are available in a variety of the arts at the Old School Arts Centre and other locations in and around Raglan Whaingaroa, covering a wide range of levels. Classes and workshops run regularly throughout the year.

See the events calendar for the latest workshops and classes at the Old School.

Robyn Marsters

Robyn is a mother of 5, she lives in Raglan with her husband and youngest daughter.  They run a business in Hamilton and now have time to support hobbies and interests.  Robyn loves, fishing, gardening, nice food and her more recently discovered hobby of pottery.  She enjoys hand building and wheel work, finding the options exciting and limitless.  Robyn’s love of pottery has her enjoying the pottery community when she attends ‘Clay Play’ on Wednesday nights.  She is keen to teach wheel work and help those interested in learning as part of giving back to the community that helped to inspire her pottery journey.

Athene Jensen

Athene has been part of the Whaingaroa community for 24 years and loves it.  The people, the place and the creativity.  

She is a qualified early childhood teacher working locally and also holds a Master of Arts in theatre studies.

Athene spent years eking out a living as a storyteller and thus, loves a good yarn.  She also likes crocheting with yarn; making things with paper mache ; felting; drawing; playing with clay; manipulating natural materials and generally creating and crafting.

She figures it’s time to share some of these skills with the up and coming community creatives and learn a thing or two from them in the process.

Pauline McAllister

Pauline has a rural background and raised her children mostly off grid on the Kaipara harbour.  Pauline decided to move closer to town when her children were living overseas and has made Whaingaroa her new home.

Having been a maker and a creator since was young Pauline was immediately attracted to the shared creative space of the Clay Shed with its warm and supportive environment.  Pauline expresses herself in natural forms and loves to use natural materials in her art.

Pauline loves to make, create, repair, re-use and up-cycle and is looking forward to meeting all the young artists in the wonderful Clay Shed space

Justine Davies

The best thing about playing with clay is the limitless exploration and surprise, in Justine’s opinion.

Justine works as a kindergarten teacher and is a very enthusiastic potter. She has been involved with the clay shed on and off for ten years and has been part of its evolution. You’ll find Justine regularly at clay play on members nights. She loves hand-building and creating bright coloured pieces such as totem stacks for the garden. Being a tutor allows her to give back to the Clay Shed and play a part in keeping this amazing community resource up and running.

Lindy Moir

Lindy is a qualified Early Childhood Teacher who has been living in this coastal community for well over 30 years. She loves hand-building, and mark-making with clay, using stamps or tools. Nature here in Raglan offers textures and patterns that inspire her to create with clay. Lindy often finds herself making many beads to be used with natural resources, as well as creating more decorative, larger pieces such as fish. In this way she can hone in her work. Lindy says “I like to think that I bring the best version of myself to the Clay Shed.”

Merren Goodison

Raglan has been my home since 1991 when I moved here with my family, husband Mike and our three boys. Since then the boys have grown to men, Mike and I have started several businesses, and we have both found hobbies to keep ourselves very busy.

Playing with clay is one of the hobbies I have been passionate about over the years. There is always so much more to learn with this medium and after 15 years I still feel like a beginner.

I love introducing new people to the basics of working with clay, to see them giving it a go and enjoying the surprises.  

Sarah Bing

Sarah works from her Raglan home studio. She is a local potter who has been working with clay for the last 7 years.

Her work is a celebration of colour and while she mainly concentrates on wheel thrown functional ware, she also combines wheel throwing and handbuilding in her sculptural work.

Working from her home studio in Raglan, Sarah Bing celebrates colour and organic form via her painstaking decorative technique. Her functional pottery and fine art work is contemporary, unique and highly identifiable.

Heather Cunningham

Heather Cunningham

A member of the Clay Shed for about 10 years. I started potting 40 years ago and have enjoyed a number of phases. Periods of making balls, chess sets, domestic ware, groggy clay, wheel making, primitive firing, wood firing and using a range of finishes and glazes. There are just so many options with clay!

My attraction to working in clay is about curves and I’ve always enjoyed making pieces with curves there are very few straight lines in nature and working with clay enables me to, in various ways, connect with the curves of nature. . . the curves of life maybe. Like nature, clay is very forgiving – my recycle bucket is testament to that!

Hand building and finishing can take me to a still place inside. That lovely space of alert quietness.

My current ‘happy place’ is making cows. Having had a stud of small cows (Dexters) for 20 years, I’ve come to love these gorgeous gentle creatures. So amongst a real mix of work, look out for the girls from Hills Road.

Susanne Prinz

Susanne Prinz in the Clay Shed
Susanne Prinz in the Clay Shed

Originally from Germany, Clay Shed manager Susanne Prinz motto is learning by doing.
She is a self-taught clay artist and sculptor, and her whimsical creations often relate to nature and her childhood experiences in her home country.
Susanne gets satisfaction from helping people achieve their own personal artistic goals in the Clay Shed.
You will often find her in the Clay Shed helping young and old have fun with clay at the monthly Raglan Creative Markets.
She has been the driving force behind fundraising activities for the new creative space that will begin being built in 2018.
The Clay Shed also caters for group and corporate bookings and Susanne tailors fun, creative workshops to suit your requirements.