Grace Hakaria is one clever cookie—she’s an epic account manager, an admirable leader, an adventurous soul, and even has a design background tucked up her sleeve.
So, it was no surprise when she decided it was time to do some creative experimenting outside of the workplace.
The goal was to create something that both expanded the team’s creative skills through learning, making, and creating, as well as growing a network of creatives within the Bay of Plenty community. After discussions with Ben Parkinson, director of Pablo Creative, Design After Dark was born!
Their first event (well, series of events in this case) was pottery, with local artist Jamie Jenkins who inspired epic pottery-envy amongst all. Across four Thursday evenings in her rural pottery studio, we quickly got stuck in, where clay-ridden hands and laughter (mainly at some of the ‘interesting’ things we were making) ensued.
This four-week course was broken in to different pottery techniques:
- Week 1: Pinching, a beginner-friendly technique where you simply pinch the clay in to place.
- Week 2: Coiling, where you essentially had to make a bunch of thin snake-like strands of clay before layering them on top of each other (but it’s essential you don’t forget the slurry—the liquid-clay that acts as glue)
- Week 3: Slab, which allowed us to make larger items where you cut flat pieces of clay and put them back together.
- Week 4: Glazing, where we got to dip our pieces from the past few weeks in to different glaze colours, before Jamie popped everything back in to the kiln for one last firing.
But that’s enough of the technical lingo! Check out some behind-the-scenes shots of the pretty and not-so-pretty (or, as we like to call it, ‘rustic’) items below, including some of our final creations.
See, we’re not just a bunch of mouse-pushing computer nerds around here! We love getting our hands dirty and ultimately creating all things beautiful and unique. Get in touch if you’d like to grab a coffee with us, or perhaps even join us on our Design After Dark adventures (we have a sneaky suspicion Life Drawing’s next on the list).
Photography by Ben Parkinson, Pablo Creative