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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, Otago Polytechnic offers a "New Zealand Diploma in Art & Design - Ceramics " which is a distance course. The NZDAD - Ceramics is a Level 5 & Level 6 programme which can be taken over 2 years fulltime or 4 years part-time.

Otago Polytechnic has the following information about the Level 5 program on its website:

"Study ceramics with New Zealand's only specialised tertiary programme in Ceramic Arts. This programme has an emphasis on exploration and experimentation. You will develop individual projects which study ceramics as a medium with its own formal language, skills and history, within a broader context of fine arts and crafts.

From 2019, we will also be offering the New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6)* which Level 5 graduates may wish to transition into to complete further study

Of the Level 6 program Otago Polytechnic has the following to say:

Building on the skills gained at Level 5, continue to explore ceramics and develop leadership and professional practice skills to manage projects/briefs and present your work in a real-world context. Progress into our Bachelor of Visual Arts to broaden your skill set and career opportunities. (*subject to final approval)

Click here to go to the polytechnic's website.

Glaze Technology

Otago Polytechnic is also offering a course in glaze technology seperate from the New Zealand Diplom in Art & Design.

This two year course is identical to the New Zealand Diplom in Art & Design, Glaze Technology paper but as a stand alone programme it's 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 Ewing, is an integral part of the course.

If you are interested in learning about glaze but you do not want to do the full New Zealand Diploma in Art & Design, 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 New Zealand Diploma in Art and Design the completion of glaze technology will be credited to you so that you do not have to repeat it.

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 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

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