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Ceramics Education
DCA Auckland
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Ceramics NZ - Education
Clubs throughout New zealand offer courses that you can join if you wish an informal approach to learning about ceramics.

Click here to go to our affilliated clubs page.

For a more formal education see the following:

Diploma in Ceramic Arts - Otago Polytechnic

Study this very highly regarded program in locations where you have the support of recognized and approved practising potters. Part-time options allow you to tailor the course to suit your circumstances. School leavers and mature students are most welcome.

Diploma in Ceramic Arts - Learning Centres

Otago Polytechnic's Diploma in Ceramic Arts is now available in the following centres around New Zealand:

Thinking about doing the DCA? Now is the time to contact the above centres of learning to enquire about joining the course.

Download a pdf file containing full information about the course

The picture on the right shows Bridie Henderson, a Nelson artist who completed her Diploma in Ceramic Arts in 2011. During her studies and at the age of 25, Bridie became the youngest ever entrant to be awarded the supreme prize at the national Portage Ceramic Awards.

Read Bridie's full story

Diploma in Ceramic Arts - Distance Programmes Throughout New Zealand

Read more about the DCA Course in Auckland  
Read more about the DCA Course in Hamilton  
Read more about the DCA Course in Nelson  

Glaze Technology - with Lawrence Ewing

Otago Polytechnic is now offering a course in glaze technology seperate from the Diploma in Ceramic Arts.

This two year course is identical to the DCA Glaze Technology paper but as a stand alone programme its cost is much less.

The course covers 30 lessons and is designed for those who wish to extend their present knowledge of glaze no matter what that is. Use of the internationally acclaimed software Matrix, authored by Lawrence, is an integral part of the course.

If you are interested in learning about glaze but you do not want to do the full Diploma in Ceramic Arts programme, you can take this course on its own working in your own studio at home. Apart from the capacity to mix and fire test glazes, all you need is a computer, a connection to the internet and an email account.

In the event that you subsequently decide to do the full Diploma in Ceramic Arts the completion of glaze technology will be credited to you so that you do not have to repeat it.

For more detailed information about this paper click the arrow ..  

If you would like to make enquiries about enrolling to take this paper
email Rob Cloughley who manages distance ceramic programmes at Otago Polytechnic. ..

Ceramics Programmes at Otago Polytechnic School of Art

Diploma in Ceramic Art

If you're fired up for a career in pottery, the Diploma in Ceramic Arts will help get you there. This programme is New Zealand's best available full-time advanced programme for ceramics students.

For more information about the DCA programme
email Rob Cloughly course supervisor

Other Otago Polytechnic programmes

(ceramics can be a component in these)

Click here for information about courses offered by Otago Polytechnic's School of Art.

How to Apply for an Otago Polytechnic Ceramics Programme

Click here for information about how to apply to a course at Otago Polytechnic's School of Art

Contact Otago Polytechnic

Freephone: 0800 762 786
Art School Website: School of Art

Hungry Creek School of Art & Craft

Hungry Creek School of Art & Craft offers a one year certificate in Art and Craft which includes ceramics, painting, sculpture, drawing, professional studies and History of Art.

Hungry Creek School of Art & Craft offers a one year certificate in Art and Craft which includes ceramics, painting, sculpture, drawing, professional studies and History of Art.

We also offer a three year diploma and students can major in ceramics and one other discipline of their choice.

The students cover glaze technology, design, handbuilding and throwing components.

For more information about the courses contact the ceramic tutor Tanya Billing ph:09 422 0452 emaiI:

Auckland Studio Potters
The ASP runs classes all-year round to suit potters of all levels of experience and ability.

Always wanted to try pottery? Our beginners classes will get you on your way.

Throwing, hand-building, slab-work, domestic ware, sculptural work, beginner or more experienced - you will find a class here that will suit you.

As well as our regular classes, from time to time we have specialised weekend workshops for ASP members led by visiting potters from New Zealand and overseas. These are advertised in the ASP newsletter and here on the website.

For people who want to make a serious commitment to pottery we offer, in conjunction with the Otago Polytechnic School of Art, a formal course leading to a tertiary Diploma.

Check out the courses offered by Auckland Studio Potters  

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.
Click here to Join Ceramics NZ.

Ceramics NZ,
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