Registrations for Woodstoke are now closed.

Registrations cost $350 – includes dinner on Friday and Saturday, tea & coffee.

We have currently reached our site limit and have a full wait list. If we need to open bookings again for Woodstoke then the red button will be back.

What you can expect from a Woodstoke Gathering

Woodstoke is based at Maureen and Denis Allison’s farm about 5 minutes drive south of Whangamatā. There you’ll find a range of wood fired kilns, amazing clays and an environment conducive to getting stuck in and having fun with like minded people.

Every four years or so, we hold an event that we hope will bring people who love clay together, to find and build friendships, to experiment and collaborate with others and to have a chance to fire a wood kiln.

This time we want everyone to get their hands into the clay as well as stoking a kiln. So we’ve assembled an amazing team of potters from around the country to lead you in a creative making process, to be your collaborators and inspiration. Don’t be shy, get stuck in and see where the clay and fire can lead you.


Starting Times

We will be opening the check in desk at 9am each day during Woodstoke – including the required COVID 19 register which everyone needs to sign each day. On Thursday at 10am is the official welcome and throughout the event we will be posting updates of what’s happening and where on the main whiteboard.


  • Participants arrive
  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Demonstrations/collaborations start
  • Making pots for Tunnel kiln, Bottle kiln and Isaac kiln
  • Glazing pots for Isaac kiln and Bottle kiln
  • Firing Anagama kiln


  • Demonstrations/collaborations continue
  • Loading Bottle kiln, Isaac kiln, start loading Tunnel kiln
  • Making pots and glazing pots for Tunnel kiln
  • Finish firing Anagama kiln


  • Demonstrations/collaborations continue
  • Random paper kiln builds
  • Finish loading Tunnel kiln
  • Firing Bottle kiln, Isaac kiln, Tunnel kiln, Paper kilns


  • Demonstrations/collaborations continue
  • Opening all kilns from midday (or sooner)
  • Guest potters arrive to see their work emerge from the kiln

Kiln Masters

Maureen Allison

Maureen will be in charge of her large Anagama kiln. This firing will already be underway when you arrive on Thursday and Maureen will be needing willing stokers to continue firing through until late Friday night.

Paul Maseyk

Paul is in charge of the kiln built by Isaac Patmore during last Woodstoke. Paul was inspired by Isaac’s kiln and went home to build his own version in Taranaki, now a skilled master in firing this style of kiln, Paul will need a crew to load and fire this kiln.

Duncan Shearer

Duncan is in charge of the tunnel kiln and will fire in the provincial French style of terracotta ware. Raw glazed terracotta, rich with slipping, will be loaded and nursed to top temperature of 1150 over 16 hours, with varying atmospheric conditions.

Louis Kittleson

Louis is in charge of the kiln built in 2012 by Gyan. This innovative bottle kiln design will need to be loaded and fired over 3 days and finished with a charcoal loading to slow cool the kiln under reduction. Sign up on Thursday to be one of the crew.

Makers / Collaborators

We’ve chosen a diverse range of makers to inspire and challenge you. Each maker is encouraged to be spontaneous and to build work collaboratively with the other guest makers and participants. The clay will be various local clays and additions like river sands or other found materials is to be encouraged. Some of the work will be for the various firings if suitable.

Elena Renker

Anneke Borren

Fiona Tunnicliffe

Kate Fitzharris

Darry Frost

Mike O'Donnell

Laurie Steer


For your choice of where to stay, first look at Whangamata or Whiritoa (both 7km away from kiln site), Waihi is another option but further away and over a hill.

Below is a list of links that will be useful to check out. There is everything from back backer style to up market Bed and Breakfasts to Hotels. At this time of the year demand is high so get in quick to secure your bed. There are also baches available for rent and these can often work out very economical if there is a group.

If you wish to camp then call the local Whangamata camp ground on 07 865 9128, they also have cabins.

Other options about a half hours drive away are:

Opoutere Coastal Camping, ph:07 865 9152

Waihi Motor Camp, ph:07 863 7654