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Ceramicus 2018 - Award Winners Announced

The 60th CERAMICUS exhibition opening was celebrated on Wednesday evening, 14 November. The exhibition, at Academy Galleries on Queens Wharf from 16 November to 1 December, shows over 150 original clay works created by the Wellington Potters’ Association members including new pieces by guest artist Sam Duckor-Jones. Held together with Splash 2018, the national exhibition of Watercolour New Zealand, the walls display impressive and colourful artworks too.

The well attended opening night began with a warm welcome by the association’s president Tony Mahoney and was officially opened by Deputy Mayor Jill Day who noted on the importance of the arts and diverse creative communities in the wider Wellington region. Guest selector Sam Duckor-Jones relayed to the joys and challenges of curating the show and choosing a range of fabulous award winners, including the Wellington Museum Premier Acquisition Award for Excellence in Ceramics won by Oliver Morse for a second year in a row - this year awarded to his work titled "Cordial Boy".

In addition there were further six prizes announced: the Vessel Award for Excellence in Wheel-thrown Ceramics which was awarded to Mal Sole’s magnificent “Wood-fired Vessel”, the Artzone Award for Excellence in Hand-built Ceramics that went to Wairarapa potter Sophie Bidwill for her outstanding sculpture “The Drip”, the Mamaku International “He Kōrero Waihanga Uku” Award that this year focussed on the story of creation of Hine-Ahu-One and was won by Keil Cas’ creation “Hue”. Artists not only had to submit artworks to this category but also a written story. The all-time favourite Waikato Ceramics Award for Excellence as a First-time Exhibitor was awarded to Nicole Gaston for her work “Vagina Teapot” and the Nelson Pottery Supplies Award for Innovation in Ceramics was won by Dani Henke’s piece “Deer?” which impressed the judge with its twist on original and projected artwork.

But wait - there is one more award: Visitors to the exhibition can vote for the People’s Choice Award kindly sponsored by Penthouse Cinema. The lucky winner will be announced on the last day of the exhibition - on 1 December.

Look for the award-winning works amongst the fabulous display of exciting and varied ceramics and buy a raffle ticket or two to win some outstanding clay creations for your home or a pottery experience.

  Click here to find out more about the Ceramicus 2018 exhibition.
Download the Ceramicus 2018 catalogue.

Te Uru is pleased to announce local Henderson duo Sang-Sool Shim and Keum-Sun Lee as the Premier Award Winners in the 2018 Portage Ceramic Awards, for their piece, In the Beautiful Dream.

The Award, with a value of $15,000, was presented by this year’s guest judge, Los Angeles artist Bari Ziperstein, at a ceremony held in West Auckland’s Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery on Thursday 8 November.

Ziperstein also presented three Merit Awards to artists Jim Cooper (Dunedin), Andrea du Chatenier (Whanganui) and Rick Rudd (Whanganui). A further five Honourable Mentions were awarded to Brendan Adams, Jinho Jeong, Peter Lange, John Roy and Susan St Lawrence.

Established in 2001 and administered by Te Uru with support from The Trusts Community Foundation, the annual Portage Ceramic Awards are Aotearoa-New Zealand’s best-known survey of contemporary ceramic activity. The 2018 Portage Ceramic Awards winners and finalist works will be on display at Te Uru in Titirangi from 9 November 2018 - 10 February 2019.

Please see the full media release attached. Interviews with the winners and high resolution images can be provided on request.

Ben Carter Interviews

Ben Carter was recently brought to New Zealand by the Ceramics Association of New Zealand. While he was here he took various workshops around the country and interviewed various potters. These are the podcasts of those interviews.

Click here for those interviews featuring

Richard Stratton Nicole Kolig
Cheryl Lucas Tatyanna Meharry & Gwen Parsons
Chris Weaver Mike O'Donnell
Duncan Shearer Greg Barron

Ceramics NZ is proud to present a free public programme with LA based artist and 2018 Portage Ceramics Awards judge Bari Ziperstein. This will include a lecture and three professional practice workshops at Objectspace in Auckland, The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson and The Dowse Art Museum in Wellington during her time in NZ.

In this programme Bari will take small discussion groups through her successful business model, balancing an exhibiting practice and her line of functional ceramics BZippy&Co. Don't miss this unique opportunity to take part in these Professional Practice Workshops. These are free public events, but please book as spaces are limited. Reserve your place through the Eventbrite links below or contact

Nelson - The Suter Art Gallery
Professional workshop 
Friday 2nd November - 2:30pm

Wellington - The Dowse 
Professional workshop 
Saturday 3rd November 2:00pm

Thank you to our partners Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery and The Portage Ceramic Awards for helping to make this possible.

The Doris Lusk Residency is a collaboration between the Risingholme Community Centre and the Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic. It is open to all Dunedin School of Art Graduates who have graduated with Diploma or higher qualification.

Otago Art Society & Ceramics Association of New Zealand

(Otago and Southland Members Only)

Joint Exhibition 16th Nov to 2nd Dec 2018

Invitation to Otago.Southland CANZ members

Otago and Southland members are invited to take part in a joint exhibition with members of the Otago Art Society at the Dunedin Railway Station. It will be held from mid November to end of November. (Details and entry forms links below).

This is an exciting opportunity to show their work not only to the Dunedin public but also to the many international visitors who come to the iconic railway station.

I am pleased to tell you that if you elect to enter in the CANZ category you are eligible to win the following awards and prizes:
  • Functional Excellence Award 
  • Sculptural Excellence Award 
  • CANZ Award
  • Merit Award 
  • People’s Choice Award

Renowned and well known Dunedin Master Potter Neil Grant will judge the works for awards.

If you have any questions at all, please get in touch with me at

Results from UKU Clay

UKU Clay Hawkes Bay Award Winners, were presented by selector and judge John Parker at the opening on Saturday 27th October, at Creative Arts Napier Gallery, Napier.

UKU Bostock NZ Premier Award,
Scott Brough with 'Teapot and Stand'.

UKU PrimoClays Materials Award,
Nicole Kolig with 'Made of This Earth’.

UKU Tennyson Gallery Award,
Simon Leong with ‘Twin Towers’.

Sponsors were

Napier City Creative Communities NZ.
Hastings City Creative Communities NZ.
Primo Clays.
Tennyson Gallery.

Japan - A Potters Tour

Calling all potters and pottery lovers.

Join Peter and Julie Collis on this trip of a lifetime through Japan. Discover a rich and varied history of pottery and ceramics, art, culture, temples, gardens and food over two weeks in May 2019. Starting in Tokyo and visiting the ceramic centres of Bizen, Kyoto and Kanazawa as well as a little time on the edge of the Seto Inland Sea.

What's On
Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award
Monday September 24, 2018 - Monday March 25, 2019
Quartz, Museum of Studio Ceramics, Whanganui
Frederika Ernsten - part of a group exhibition
Saturday November 3, 2018 - Sunday January 6, 2019
Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, 2 Harakeke St, Rangiora
Festival of Pots & Garden Art 2018
Saturday January 19, 2019 - Sunday January 27, 2019
Anam Cara Gardens, 150 Rangiururu Rd, Otaki
Complete Crystals Workshop with renowned Australian potter, Bill Powell.
Tuesday January 22, 2019 - Friday January 25, 2019
Waikato Society of Potters, Hamilton.
Danny Moorwood Demonstration - Porcelain
Monday February 11, 2019 - Monday February 11, 2019
Dunedin School of Art - Dunedin
Naked Raku with Rosemary O'Hara from Wellington
Saturday February 23, 2019 - Sunday February 24, 2019
89 Reid Road, Ngahinapouri in the Waikato
Porcelain Slab Construction with John Tuckwell from Australia
Saturday April 6, 2019 - Sunday April 7, 2019
89 Reid Road, Ngahinapouri in the Waikato.

Who Made This Pot?
Do you need to know who made a pot that you have?

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Did you know?
You can look through our collection of potters' marks online

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Ceramics NZ 50th Anniversary Mosaics

To celebrate 50 years since incorporation we are constructng a mosaic of current members work. Simply click on an image to enlarge it and discover the name of the potter.

The mosaic page click here

Ceramics NZ Exhibitions

Click any of the images below to see the archived version of the listed exhibition.

Ceramics Association of New Zealand

Registered as an incorporated society in 1965 by an enthusiastic group of potters in Wellington, New Zealand, Ceramics NZ has grown to become a significant international voice in New Zealand ceramics. The affiliation of about three dozen independent pottery clubs throughout New Zealand together with a number of corporate businesses greatly increases its effective membership. We are a national, not-for-profit organisation representing the interests of practising potters and ceramicists, students of ceramics and all those interested in New Zealand ceramics. We actively support and promote quality, and we encourage and support specialist ceramics education nationally.
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