Creativity at The Clay Penguin Ceramic Studio

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 Welcome to The Clay Penguin

The Clay Penguin is the purpose built working studio of ceramic artist Nicola Dench located at 13 Hector Street, Seatoun, Wellington.

Open most days from 9-5pm please phone first if you are making a special trip to avoid disappointment 

Telephone 04 938-3356

Email: (the email the clay penguin button is currently not working correctly)

Nicola is passionate about clay and excited to be able to offer children and adults the opportunity to explore their creativity, using clay, in a fun and nurturing environment

Find out more About Nicola Dench 

  Nicola's ceramics

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The Clay Penguin runs a competition each year to win a one term scholarship for a child between the ages of 8-13 to attend a beginners 3D design and clay sculpture class in term two.  Email The Clay Penguin and let me know in less than 30 words why you would like to win a scholarship.

2014 Esther Galloway  Miramar North School

2013 Sarah Cook Seatoun School

2011 winners were Georgia Cutfield and Wiley Craven from Seatoun school, congratulations!

2010 winner:Finnley Pike of Miramar Central school. 



 Clay sculpture classes

The Clay Penguin provides quality art tuition in design and sculpture using clay as a medium. 

*Clay sculpture classes for children or adults


Handmade ceramic snapshot tile of Lyall Bay

 See Current and Upcoming Exhibitions


St Patricks College exhibition "Framed is on from 6.30pm Friday and also on Saturday from 9am

Plate fest at RE:SPACE in Victoria st  during Wellington on a Plate


WHERE Ceramic snapshots are available from Koru gallery on  The Parade, Island Bay,  Victoria st, Wellington, Studio 5, Lyall Bay and direct from the Clay Penguin



Nicola's work is available at the New Zealand Academy of Fine Art,  Vault on Lambton Quay, and Ora Gallery Allen St, Wellington and Koru Gallery, The Parade, Island Bay, and Gallery by the Sea, Lyall Bay, Wellington. Zeayou in Taupo, Artisans Gallery in Hamilton and Art of this world in Devonport, Auckland.

If you would like to ask a question about my course availability or ceramic parties click on Enquiry



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Birthday Parties


Paint a ceramic parties

Celebrate birthdays in a fun, creative environment and have a momento to take home. Suitable for children from 4+


Option to bring your own party food and book the studio for an extra 30mins and have the whole party in one place for an additional $30


Clay sculpture parties

Dinosaurs, dragons, fairies, animals your child chooses the theme and their friends all have fun sculpting their ideas in clay.

Suitable for boys and girls from 5+

Option to bring your own party food and book the studio for an extra 30mins and have the whole party in one place for an additional $30



Adult Paint a ceramic parties

Girls nights out ,Hen Nights

or a family get together, whatever the reason, come and create your own individual ceramic masterpiece to remember that special occasion


School Holiday Programmes

The Clay Penguin holiday programmes run between 9am - 12 noon.  Children learn sculpture techniques with clay and then go on to make their own pieces to take home and paint or have the option of having it fired and collecting it later at an extra cost of $5. Costs include materials and morning tea.  For details of the next holiday programme click on school holiday programmes.