Nelson will come alive with the inaugural Nelson Clay Week, attracting some of the country’s leading makers for a series of exhibitions, workshops, masterclasses, open studios, public demonstrations and a market day.

Nelson Clay Week will begin with two days of Open Studios, with more than 15 potters across Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough welcoming the public to their workshops. The Week will finish with a Potters Market in Queens Gardens, showcasing more than 30 potters selling their wares. 

At the top of Trafalgar Street, come along to Potters Square for five days of free demonstrations, kiln firings and a chance to try your hand at some claywork. Perfectly timed to coincide with the school holidays, kids will be able to contribute to a public sculpture of hundreds of clay fish. For those who want a more hands-on experience and to learn some new skills, there are more than 25 Workshops spread across the week. 

At Refinery ArtSpace, the exhibition Pushing Clay Uphill will showcase the best contemporary ceramics from around the country. There will also be a series of exhibitions and window displays across the city. 

Check out the website for more information, maps, times and bookings: