Emma is an amazing and gifted potter. We have her cups and soup bowls. These items are beautiful to use with the finest pottery finish. I find the perfection incredible and the finish on each product exquisite. Emma’s service is efficient and friendly. We are in Timaru but every product has arrived beautifully packaged without a chip or crack. When it is time for more there will be another order. Follow Rui Ceramics on Facebook and you will see the items as they are being made and just coming out of the kiln.
RuI Ceramics run a variety of workshops from small groups of 2-4, families and friends, to larger groups 10-20, clubs, hen parties, organisations and corporate team building. Most of the workshops are hand building with limited small groups of throwing classes subject to availability. The 2 hour workshops involves building your own creation then painting it with under glaze. After the class, the pots will be allowed to dry completely, bisque fired, then a clear glaze applied and a final glaze firing. All of the after class work will be done for you at Rui Ceramics and the cost is included as part of the workshop fee. All workshops are subject to availability and must be booked and paid for at least 3 days before the class date to be confirmed.
Emma is an incredible artist and teacher. All of her pots are unique and you can tell she has real passion and love for her work. She’s also excellent at teaching others how to make pots! Thoroughly recommend calling in to see her work, or booking a lesson 😊
Emma is a gifted potter and teacher. We own a few of her pieces of work. She also did an amazing job of making lots of mugs for our clients for Christmas. Each mug has their name on. Our clients were blown away by this personalised gift.
Emma is an amazing pottery teacher and runs fun and very helpful classes. I started from knowing absolutely nothing about pottery to trying different skills and techniques. Definitely recommend getting in touch with Rui Ceramics to try yourself!
Emma made gorgeous custom mugs for my kids’ kindie teachers for a Christmas gift. They were lovely and her customer service was super. Highly recommend.
Emma from Rui Ceramics is the most amazing Teacher and Potter one of the nicest and patient people that I know, she has taught me so so much in the short time that I have been in her classes. I cannot speak more highly of her. Thanks for everything Emma.
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 NewZealand 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 it’s 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.