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Cross one off your bucket list and embark on a transformative pottery experience with Emma at Rui Ceramics. Discover the joy of clay and unleash your creativity in an unforgettable class.

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Roll up your sleeves, get your hands in the clay​

Let the clay be your muse, the wheel your canvas, and your imagination the driving force behind your artistic journey. Book your class today and embark on a transformative experience that will leave you with cherished memories and tangible creations that reflect your inner artist.

Potter Classes


Beginner class, make as many pieces as you have time for.
Pottery Throwing Classes

Throwing Classes

Take your pottery skills to the next level on the wheel.
Potter Classes

Group Classes

Book a special time for your family or close friends.


Hi I’m Emma and I’m addicted to clay.

Emma Zhang is a young potter based in Warkworth who grew up in Shenzhen, China.
Since discovering clay as a medium through which she can express her creativity she has quickly become part of the local craft scene and is grateful for the help she has received to further her interest.
Emma’s trade name ‘ Rui Ceramics’ reflects her regard for this tradition. Rui is her Chinese name meaning ‘first snow of the spring’.
She is also inspired by the beauty of the New Zealand landscape, particularly the beaches in Kawau Bay close to her home. Mixing her own glazes, she is mindful of the earthy tones of sand and soil and the blue-green of the sea in all its moods.
Recognition of the quality of her work came in 2018 when she was awarded a merit award at the ‘Dream on’ Rodney Art Competition. A number of galleries throughout New Zealand currently exhibit Emma’s work.
Emma is also enthusiastic about passing on the skills she has learned to the next generation. “As a mother, I see myself as a role model for my children. Putting their hands in the clay and getting creative is a great experience. Through art, we deliver a message paying homage to the past. Pottery is the way I express myself, it has changed my life.

About Emma Zhang - Potter

Lets Talk About Your Next Event

Looking for a unique activity for your Hen Party or office team-building event? Pottery is the perfect choice. With a high chance that none of the group members have tried it before, everyone starts on equal footing, fostering a sense of shared discovery. When individuals come together to create art as a group, the experience is always filled with fun and camaraderie. Unleash your creativity and bond with your group through the joy of pottery-making.

Potter Classes


Warm and Personal

Under Emma’s expert guidance, you’ll discover the joy of transforming a simple lump of clay into a unique masterpiece. Her passion for pottery is contagious, and her dedication to pushing artistic boundaries will inspire you to embrace your own creative potential. With each step of the process, from moulding and shaping to glazing and firing, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship behind each handcrafted piece.

Beyond the studio walls, Rui Ceramics is a place where dreams are realised and lasting memories are made. From the moment you step foot into our welcoming space, you’ll be surrounded by a vibrant community of fellow pottery enthusiasts, all sharing in the excitement and fulfilment that comes with working with clay. As you delve into the intricacies of pottery, you’ll find yourself forming connections, building friendships, and creating bonds that extend beyond the art itself.

By choosing Rui Ceramics, you’re not just embarking on a pottery class – you’re embarking on a transformative journey of self-discovery and artistic expression. Emma’s commitment to constantly honing her skills and drawing inspiration from renowned potters ensures that you’ll receive top-notch instruction, enriched by a blend of traditional techniques and contemporary flair. With her guidance, you’ll explore the profound connection between art, culture, and self, while infusing your own unique perspective into every piece you create.

Don’t wait another moment to fulfil your pottery aspirations. Take the leap, cross it off your bucket list, and join Emma at Rui Ceramics for a pottery class that promises to be both rewarding and unforgettable. Let the clay be your muse, the wheel your canvas, and your imagination the driving force behind your artistic journey. Book your class today and embark on a transformative experience that will leave you with cherished memories and tangible creations that reflect your inner artist.


Reviews from Our Students

Over the past four years, the heartfelt reviews shared by our valued students have truly humbled us. These testimonials speak volumes about the profound impact and transformative nature of crafting your own one-of-a-kind pottery masterpiece. The joy and fulfilment that come from channeling your creativity into a tangible work of art are immeasurable, and witnessing the meaningful experiences our students have had is truly awe-inspiring. At Rui Ceramics, we cherish the opportunity to guide you on this remarkable journey of self-expression and help you unlock the immense satisfaction that comes with bringing your artistic vision to life through pottery.

"I recently enjoyed a two-hour, Have A Go class with Emma and would highly recommend it. I have done general beginners ceramics programmes in the past, forgetting most of it. This solo session with Emma renewed my enthusiasm and taught me so much more than what I managed to learn in multiple classes before. I am interested in wheel throwing and Emma was patient and clear. I see another session with her in my future!"

Suzanne Dale

"If you are looking for fun things to do in Auckland, highly recommend you check out Rui Ceramics! I booked a 2-hr pottery workshop with Emma for my husband and our neighbour couple and we had so much fun. Emma is so patient and talented. Instead of jumping straight into things, she provides guidance based on our level of experience. Emma is also super friendly and hilarious, we got comfortable right away. Thanks Emma for the unforgettable the experience, we left feeling happy and fulfilled"

Beverly Jong

"I took a two hour wheel throwing class with Emma... what a wonderful experience! Emma was so good at explaining and demonstrating how to throw a cylinder form, and once I was at the wheel, she then gave perfect guidance and assistance to make it work for me. I managed to throw two cups and a bowl and after a few weeks I was able to pick up my beautifully glazed items. Highly recommend doing a class with Emma if you are keen on giving ceramics a go."

Tabea Salewski


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