Three groups of four ākonga (students) must work together to make products to sell at the market day event. They must combine their talents and decide which object appeals most to consumers.
Delta Brewerton developed a small decorative dish that her teammates Karen, Ronan, and Sophie agreed was ideal. It was unique, functional, and aesthetically pleasing.
“Each dish and bowl are handmade and sculpted, each with their own flaws and shape,” Delta says. “This feature was an inspiration for the brand name – Imperfect Pottery.”
To ensure every member of the group had the opportunity to make their own mark on the product, the team decided to each create their own design to glaze on the pieces.
“This worked really well as it made each product unique and allowed us all as artists to contribute to the brand,” Delta says.
Delta has not sold anything in a market before, so is really looking forward to the experience.
“I have visited a few of the local markets in the past, and I hope we can create the same welcoming environment, where we can all share our art with the local community.”
She has learned a lot about marketing products already and now recognises how much work goes into creating a brand.
“I am really enjoying studying at NMIT, and almost can't believe I am nearly at the end of my first year. The environment is really welcoming, and the staff and tutors all work really hard to make sure you are heard and understood,” she says.
Other teams have designed wooden jewellery made from native wood, traditional Ukrainian yarn dolls, unique bookmarks, and small model planes to showcase and sell.
The Class Market Day will be held on Friday 10 November from 11am – 2pm on the grass area outside the Student Centre at NMIT Nelson Campus. If raining, the market will be held indoors in the Kōwhai Lounge.