For at least the last year – if not two – Helen and I have planned to take a day trip to Whanganui to see the artists’ open studios.
This year we put on our animal tops (me: rabbit, her: wolf) and headed off. We decided to both blog the experience – I have no idea what Helen is writing but you can read it on her blog.
If you’re going on a road trip go with a Virgo because we’re organised and being organised is better. I drove while Helen made a list of places to visit (we picked five and filled in time with op-shopping and eating). Helen also ordered the places so it didn’t involve doubling back.
Maseyk Pottery was a great first stop – we were waiting on the doorstep when Paul Maseyk opened his door. His work is earthy, he uses beautiful glazes and his painting has a sense of humour.
He was one of my favourite stops, along with painter and printmaker Rachael Garland who lives on top of a hill in a great old house and paints teacups and dresses and strange animals.
We also saw other potters, a collective of makers and Catherine Macdonald’s very beautiful studio in an old hall.
If you’re heading to Whanganui, go to Cherry Cottage Cupcakes – the best I’ve ever had. Cherry Cottage is a cupcake shop in the middle of a suburban street; it’s open both Saturday and Sunday and you’ll find the freshest most delicious cupcakes ever. AND each cupcake is only $2.50 so you can afford to get a few. Helen and I scoffed ours outside in the sun.
We walked down by the river and smelt kids in a car smoking marijuana. We sat in the rocking chairs outside the iSite cafe and drank peppermint tea…