Art and Craft Galleries in New Plymouth
The pottery building is stunning. One of New Zealand’s oldest buildings with a direct connection with the establishment of the Church of England in New Zealand. Frederick Thatcher, Bishop Selwyn’s architect, is thought to have had some input into its mediaeval Gothic architecture design. The building is constructed of Taranaki andesite.
Vicarage Pottery is a potters collective located in the historic Te Henui Vicarage building. You’ll find fabulous one-off pieces ranging from artistic pieces to domestic ware and in a wide range of clay bodies including earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. Based in the Vicarage. Pottery building, the New Plymouth Potters Club also offers classes for learners, weekly gatherings for member potters and organised workshops throughout the year.
Te Henui Vicarage Pottery Collective travel facts
- Weekends: 1pm–4pm
- Closed on Public Holidays
- Admission: Free
- No dogs allowed
288 Courtenay Street, Strandon, New Plymouth 4312
From history buffs the Te Henui Vicarage, built 1845, is a significant element in New Zealand’s religious history, notable for its direct connection with the establishment of the Church of England in this country. New Plymouth was chosen as the site for New Zealand’s second European colony, with settlers arriving from 1841 onwards. With the colonists also came the advent of religion to Taranaki, providing the familiar spiritual and cultural institutions of home to the settlers, and missionary services to the Maori population. Although the colonists represented followers of a variety of religious doctrines, many were members of the Church of England. Accordingly, the Church Missionary Society was able to expand on its earlier work … Read more Te Henui Vicarage about The Vicarage, category 1 building, New Plymouth.
Te Henui Vicarage and the Potters Collective adds gloss to the cultural landscape of New Plymouth creating a diverse range of attractions not often found in small regional towns in New Zealand. For more information about what to do and see in New Plymouth check out New Plymouth travel guide.
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