The Teapot Man
We grabbed a moment with Rick Rudd, aka ‘the teapot man’, to talk creativity and challenges when it comes to owning your very own museum.
Highly regarded for his strength of practice when it comes to ceramic art, there’s no denying Rick Rudd lives and breathes the art form. Operating from his own studio and museum, Quartz, Museum of Studio Ceramics, Rick has lost none of the early enthusiasm for his craft and continues to push the boundaries when it comes to ceramics.
What’s the most memorable thing you have made or designed?
I've never had kids, but it's like asking a parent which is their favourite child, it’s an impossible question! There are, however, several in my collection I have retained because they stand out from similar works.
What is a typical day for you like?
Nearly all my day is spent in the museum; mostly working in my studio in the foyer, interspersed with welcoming and talking to visitors. Before opening and after closing, I’m cleaning, organising and preparing future exhibitions.
What's the best part about having a museum in Whanganui?
Definitely the reaction of visitors who spend up to an hour looking around the museum and are really enthusiastic about what they have seen.
What were the challenges/unforeseen moments in setting up your museum?
Maintaining the commitment to be open six days a week (and even seven days a week from Boxing Day to the end of January when there’s more tourists in town), especially in winter on days when no one visits. Fortunately, there’s not too many of these.
Rick's Neat Places
A popular spot for swimming, fishing, surfing, kayaking and kitesurfing, this black sand beach is rugged and beautiful in true West Coast fashion.
Ambrosia Deli & Café
63 Ridgway Street, Whanganui
From Sicilian marmalade to Belgian hot chocolate and Canadian maple syrup, Ambrosia is a delicatessen and busy café that sources the best in food from around the world.
Paige's Book Gallery
60 Guyton Street, Whanganui
The only independent bookstore in town — book clubs, school groups and poetry people all take turns to visit Paige's and soak up some of the magic that is the newest or most loved literature on offer.
Sarjeant on the Quay 38 Taupo Quay, Whanganui
Well known for its early beginnings and its impressive feat of collecting and exhibiting for nearly 100 years, the Sarjeant Gallery has plenty of punch when it comes to art display.
7 Rangiora Street, Castlecliff, Whanganui
A painter and ceramicist, Ivan Vonstinar has filled his bright, airy workspace with collections from years of hard work. An expert at his craft, you can find him creating sculptural work alongside wheel made and slip cast domestic wave.