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About Us

Decopot NZ was established by Paul Pepworth in 1994 soon after his arrival from South Africa.

Decopot is first and foremost a ceramic technology and pottery supplies business. Main activities include:

Bisque tableware production by RAM pressing

Production and sale of Primo Clay bodies and casting slip

Production and sale of CLAYBRIGHT Underglazes

Production and sale of Abbots Midfire Glazes

Contract manufacturing of ceramic tableware for the Bayly Collis brand, Temuka Pottery and The Alchemist’s Table

Import and supply of bisque, glazes and glaze stains

Supply of a limited range of ceramic raw materialsand oxides

Over time, Decopot has acquired physical assets and intellectual property of a number of NZ ceramic businesses that have been in decline. This has enabled us to extend our range of services to an ever-increasing customer base.

Decopot is fortunate to have a team of loyal, skilled and long-standing staff members and contributors.

Bruce Walford – Lifelong friend, collaborator, designer, mentor and problem solver.

Kiwa Bentson – All-round process expert, RAM press operator and factory manager.

Michael Freeman – 18-year Decopot veteran, mould maker, fettler and inventory controller.

Arvind Rai – Tireless maker of glaze and underglaze products and despatch manager.

Damien Stanford – Clay production and Ram pressing.

Anna Stacey – Glaze studio manager and #1 glazer.

Dipanker Rai – packer and finished tableware coordinator.

Suzanne McAllen – Accountant and paymaster.

Harka Bista – Fettling and bisque kiln operator.

Sean White – Fettling, clay department and RAM pressing.


The DECOPOT team is dedicated to finding the best available materials and using these and their collective skills to provide solutions to your everyday requirements.