People

The ASP is managed by our Committee who oversee the Centre staff who, in turn, employ and organise the teaching staff.

Tutors, Staff and Committee

Suzy Dünser

President; Tuesday Evening Tutor and Monday Morning Assistant Tutor. Suzy also runs "Back to Basics Skills Workshops" and has been playing with clay for decades with a particular interest in teapots, copper glazes of all sorts, and salt/soda firing.

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Frank Checketts

Vice President; Wednesday Morning Specialist Class Tutor; Recipient of the Wallace Arts Trust ASP Studio Residency Award, May - July 2016

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Peter Lange

Treasurer; Monday Morning Tutor - Peter has been working with clay and bricks for 40 years, with a focus on high-fired reduction firing.

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Toby Twiss

Co-Director and Diploma Co-ordinator

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Nadine Spalter

Co-Director; Tuesday Evening and Thursday Morning Assistant Tutor

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Graham Ambrose

Tuesday Morning Tutor - Graham's primary interest is in the creation of minimalist forms in the shape of small pots and large sculptural pieces.

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John Dawson

A graduate of the Goldsmith College, London in ceramics 1993. John exhibits throughout the UK returns annually to teach.

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Renton Murray

Thursday Morning Tutor - Renton started his pottery career in 1970s, he is strongly drawn to wheel-thrown, salt-glazed pottery and fires in wood and oil kilns.

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Helen Perrett

Wednesday Evening Co-Tutor - "I took my first pottery class at ASP 10 years ago, and never left! I completed the Otago Polytechnic Diploma of Ceramic Arts in 2009".

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Jo Raill

Wednesday Evening Co-Tutor - "I began potting at Auckland Teachers College in 1993. I became involved in activities around ASP developing a keen interest in woodfiring originally specialising in wheel work".

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Carla Ruka

Carla is inspired by her her Maori and European ancestral heritage and is a member of Nga Kaihanga Uku (The Maori Clay Artists) and Auckland Studio Potters. Carla exhibits both nationally and internationally.

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Chris Southern

Monday Evening Tutor - Domestic ware is Chris's interest, especially teapots and the humble mug, he did his first class in 1994 at ASP and has never left.

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Margaret Sumich

Thursday Evening Tutor - Margaret has been making pots for 40 years, firing self-built wood and diesel kilns to produce both raku and stoneware.

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Brendan Adams

Committee Member

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Maak Bow

Committee Member, Website Designer

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Michelle Bow

Committee Member, Social Media & Website Co-ordinator

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Margaret Bray

Committee Member

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John Parker

Committee Member

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Louise Rattenbury

Secretary

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