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About the Stolen Bagel Pottery Studio

Stolen Bagel started off as a cafe and slowly become much more! When the owner, Li started hosting pottery classes, what was before just a regular cafe became a pottery studio out of Li's passion for ceramics and our amazing customers. After a couple of years break, we have reopened in a brand new studio in central Christchurch. 


We offer a great variety of classes, private sessions, membership and pottery services.


Our goal here at Stolen Bagel is to become a community where everyone feels welcome to create.

Our Teachers


Hannah McKay

McKay Art & Clay


Hannah is originally from the US she moved to New Zealand to live with her partner back in 2015. Hannah is a full-time Potter, she started doing pottery in February 2019 when Ceci from Creative Clay Studio invited Hannah and her mom to Ceci’s home studio to make a few things and since then Hannah has been hooked. She has taken many classes at community centres and pottery Studios across Christchurch and she is ready to help you with your pottery journey!

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Catherine Zhang


Catherine Zhang hail from Tianjin China. It’s been her lifelong dream to become a ceramic artist.

My dream began to realise about 20 years ago, while I was studying at Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts University.  I became an artist-in-residence in Jingdezhen of China.

In 2013, I created my own slow life pottery studio and started my pottery creation.


All kinds of materials and firing technology play a very important role in my creation, and it gives me amazing creativity.


I read an article in an antique book about the history and ancient techniques of repairing broken ceramic pieces.  I was hooked and started to study this unusual form of ancient art.

My last 15 years has been consumed with researching the techniques, learning different skills and testing my ability. 


My dedication to art has brought me to master a part of this vast ancient art known as the GOLDEN REPAIR  Techniques.  A Chinese TV show invited me to explain this technique and let more people understand this ancient golden repair technique.


I restored many ancient porcelains from antique collectors. So I combine my pottery works with gold restoration, and recently, I combined together some sculpture works with lacquer art.

I will keep trying more materials (and more) possibilities to complete the combination of materials. 

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