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Welcome to Ceramics Association of New Zealand (Inc)
Ceramics Association of New Zealand (Ceramics NZ) is the national body for professional and recreational potters throughout the country.

The organisation was formed in 1965 as the New Zealand Society of Potters to provide support for a small group of entrepreneurial potters, the editorial committee for The New Zealand Potter magazine, and their annual National Exhibition.

Its core purpose is to promote excellence in ceramics in New Zealand by providing development opportunities (exhibitions, lectures, workshops from touring artists), promoting awareness, advocating, and by maintaining resources and archives.

As part of this mandate the organisation publishes the national journal Ceramics New Zealand Magazine and maintains this website.


23 October – 20 November 2021
Otago Art Society

After the very turbulent and unprecedented year 2020, we are all looking forward to the year 2021 with greater hopes for certainty and calm in our lives.
The prospect of vaccinations to combat the pandemic Covid-19 being rolled out in New Zealand in the near future encourages us to firm up plans for this year.
It was a great disappointment for me to have to cancel our very special exhibition here in Dunedin but it was the only option.

Now, picking up the threads again, I am very pleased to announce that the

60th National Diamond Jubilee Exhibition will be held in Dunedin in October 2021!

The exhibition will be held at the Otago Art Society in the historic Dunedin Railway Station. It is a delight to be able to hold the show in this architectural jewel, designed by architect George Troup and opened in 1906. With its striking exterior of the Flemish Renaissance Style it is a prominent architectural feature in the centre of Dunedin City. The interior is of special interest to the ceramophiles among us. Entering the booking hall you will be greeted with a mosaic floor with a locomotive  design at its centre and NZR logos around it. It is estimated to consist of approximately 750 000 Minton tiles. It looks none the worse for all the wear it must have seen over the 115 years of its existence. Lifting your eyes, a balcony surrounds the hall with a frieze of Cherubs surrounded by ornamentation, made by Royal Doulton in England. Of course there are embellished ticket windows as befits a proper railway station and all the walls are tiled. The whole ambience is that of warmth and sparkle and now without crowds from overseas you can see all of it in its full splendour!

If the exhibition alone were not reason enough to pay a visit, then our “Festival of Ceramics” will surely entice you to make Dunedin your destination for Labour Weekend 2021.

The awards night on 22 October will be followed by a gallery ‘walk about’ the next morning. The participating galleries will have their own ceramic/pottery shows on display, so you can expect to see a great variety of contemporary works. It is followed in the afternoon by a talk by the judge of the exhibition. Over the next couple of days on Labour Weekend the Ceramic Department at Otago Polytechnic will be holding demonstrations and other events. This is your chance to check out their brand new facilities. No wonder they have had such a sharp rise in their student intake this year. And there may be more ceramic events on offer.

In conjunction with our exhibition of contemporary works we are having a small ‘Heritage’ exhibition. The very first exhibition of New Zealand Studio Pottery was held here in Dunedin at the Otago Museum in 1957, so we thought it only proper to acknowledge it as it paved the way for the eventual formation of the New Zealand Society of Potters. Lots of research is going into this retrospective, and if anyone has material that refers to these early days and would like to share it we would very much welcome it.

More details will be posted over the coming months, but for the moment you can focus on your ‘oeuvres’ for submission.  Unleash your creative forces! Only one thing to take note of in your creative burst is that wall work or wall installations cannot be directly fixed to the walls of the gallery, as it is a heritage building. You can however attach it to a substrate as long as it falls within the weight and size restrictions of the gallery and can be hung from picture rails. If in doubt it would be best to direct your query to the Otago Art Society directly for advice:

I will update you as things develop. In the meantime the Fusion 2010 team is busily organising this exciting event. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Nicole Kolig
Project Leader
60th National Diamond Jubilee Exhibition

Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin Railway Station Interior

Request with Help for Chimney Pot

I have had a request to see if any one is interested in making  some vintage chimneys. I have attached the request that I have received. If you think it appropriate could you please forward it. I will also put it in the news letter if you think that is appropriate.

Please find attached a photo of the chimney pots we are trying to get made up for an historic restoration job we are currently involved with. We are also going to need to make up some form of chimney cap that will weatherproof the pot as well as let the smoke out of the top.

The pots are going to be about 600mm in height and about 300mm internal diameter at the top. We are going to need 11 of these made up.

Can you please have a look at this and let me know if this is something you would be interested in helping us out with or if you know of someone I could contact that might be interested in looking at this for us.

501 Tuam Street, Christchurch 8011
p:  0800 AJ Scott
m: 021 377 423

Rosemary Perry has Died

Tatyanna Meharry reported from Christchurch. The following is taken from a Lamb & Hayward obituary published on the 9th January in the Press.

PERRY, Rosemary Elizabeth (nee Carr):

Passed away on January 5, 2021, aged 92 years. Dearly loved wife of Ted, much loved mother and mother-in-law of Richard and Julie, and Susan and Robert, adoring gran of William, Edward, Alexandra, Ned, Miranda, Michael, and Jamima, great-grandmother of Matilda, and Sebastian. Messages may be addressed to The Family of the late Rosemary Perry c/- PO Box 36562, Merivale, Christchurch 8146. A private service for Rosemary will be held.

She was a Life Member of the Ceramics Association of New Zealand.

Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award

RICK RUDD is pleased to announce the second Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award.  The value of the Award has been increased to $12,000 and there are new criteria for entry.

Entries must be submitted by 30 June 2021 and the Award winner will be announced on 20 September 2021 via social media.

Please alert anyone you know who has been working with clay for 5 years or less that they could be eligible to enter.

Information, conditions and entry forms are attached and are available from: and

Click here for more information - Conditions of entry & entry form

Latest WES and BEI special guide is now available.

The 12th edition of the Workplace Exposure Standards and Biological Exposure Indices special guide has been published. 

It's important to note that the WES and BEIs in our special guide are guidance values - not prescribed standards. The values proposed are also considered to be health-based WES which means they are based on minimising health risk and don't take into consideration practicability of achieving or measuring the value.

Click here to go to the Worksafe website.

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What's On
Blueskin Gallery - Tea Bowl Exhibition
Sunday April 18, 2021 - Monday May 17, 2021
Blueskin Gallery, Waitati, Dunedin
Saturday October 23, 2021 - Saturday November 20, 2021
Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin
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Ceramics NZ Exhibitions

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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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