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29th November 2015

Alan Rhodes Pottery

Logo Floor Stand Vase

Alan and Julia Rhodes make distinctive New Zealand pottery, fired in gas and salt kilns, and a wood-fired pit kiln.

Alan at work

They established their rural pottery on the Coromandel Peninsula in 1977 and were fortunate to discover on their property a beautiful stoneware clay that they fire up to 1300ºC. They produce lovely handthrown pots with magnificent glazes that are unique to the Coromandel. All their dishes, sink basins and fish are handmade in their studio and are ovenproof, microwave and dishwasher safe. There has been a lot of interest recently in the handthrown sink basins, which are available in the full range of colours.

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Blue Basin Multi-clour Basin

In 2003, Alan won the top prize in the pottery section of the Thames Arts Society Exhibition. Visitors to the studio can watch work in progress and are able to purchase direct from the potters a special memento of their holiday on the Coromandel.

Plate, bowls, pots, teapot, cups and goblets
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Plate, teapot & goblets Bowls and cups

Alan drifted into potting after 5 years with the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band and is now still playing music with Julia in the Irish band 'The DescendNz'.

Name: Alan Rhodes Pottery
Season: Year 'round.
Location: Our shop is along SH25
  • 15 km north of Tairua
  • 25 km south of Whitianga and
  • 4km west of the Whenuakite turn-off for Hot Water Beach
Postal Address: Alan Rhodes Pottery
RD1, Whenuakite
New Zealand
Telephone: (64)7-866-3841
Fax: (64)7-866-3815
Affiliations: Jason's