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Mural by Anneke Borren

This was commissioned in 2009 by the Dutch Connection Trust, made by Anneke Borren in 2012, and has been in storage until now.  Now complete, it is awaiting a formal opening on November 18. The recent photos were taken, one by Anneke and the other by a Workshop-e employee). Workshop -e is the official museum installer company. One tile is still to be replaced  - see if you can find the missing one! The final placement and grouting was done by Waikato tiler Thomas Beuker.

Anneke was born in Eindhoven in the Netherlands in 1946 and began attending evening pottery classes there when she was 12. Her family emigrated to New Zealand in 1963 and she attended the Ilam School of Fine Arts, Christchurch in 1966.

Anneke returned to Holland in 1967 where she studied and worked at the Royal Dutch Delft Factory and also in Denmark and Sweden until returning to New Zealand in late 1969 to set up her pottery studio on the Kapiti Coast, Wellington. 

Her time working at the Delft factory was perfect for her use of the Delfts Blauwe Tegels (Delft Blue) in this 5x3 metre tableau showing the first recorded meeting between Europeans and Maori in Golden Bay, Nelson. The 660 white tiles with her hand-painted blue illustration, shows Dutch navigator Abel Tasman and his sailors confronting local Maori waka in 1642, as was shown in recorded drawings at the time.

Delft Blue tiles have a Dutch history of over 400 years and this mural is one of the largest ever made - an exceptional demonstration of Anneke's unique ceramic skills and artistic talent. 

Anneke Borren  

The 5x3 metre tile mural which Anneke Borren has now installed in the
Oranjehof Dutch Connection Centre's building, in Foxton.
Anneke standing in front of her mural.

ECC New Zealand Student Craft / Design Awards recognises Craft and Design students

Talia Betham, Massey University.
2016 Supreme Award Winner, Rembrandt Fashion and Textile Award winner, People’s Choice Award

The only awards in New Zealand which recognise both design and craft disciplines, will once again be looking for student entries during the month of September. If you're a current tertiary student or 2016 graduate then this is your chance to enter the 2017 ECC New Zealand Student Craft / Design Awards. Run by The Friends of The Dowse the Student Craft / Design Awards have been supporting the emerging careers of designers and crafters for over 28 years.

Entries are welcome from 2nd September in the fields of lighting, furniture and product design, ceramics, fashion, textile design, and jewellery, and close at the end of the day on Saturday 30th September. A formal awards ceremony will take place at the ECC Wellington store on the 2nd November 2017.

The ECC NZ Student Craft / Design Supreme Award is $2,000 in prize money. The Supreme winner will have their work exhibited at the ECC Wellington store and be flown to Wellington for the awards evening. There is one ECC People's Choice Award prize of $1,000 cash and ten highly commended certificates. Category Awards include ECC Ltd Lighting Award $1,000; ECC Ltd Furniture and Product Design Award $1,000; Rembrandt Fashion and Textile Award $1,000 and The Village Goldsmith Jewellery Award $1,000.

The judging panel has a line-up of talented designers and crafters in their own right including Phil Bracen from global nursery company phil&teds (and designer of the Fisher & Paykel dish drawer), Ian Douglas founder of The Village Goldsmith, Anita Dykes Lighting Consultant from ECC, Federico Monsalve Editor of Urbis magazine, and Jonathon Hall, Design Manager at Rembrandt.

Leading lighting and furniture design company ECC have once again come on board as the naming partner for the awards. Heather Crichton, Awards Organiser from the Friends of the Dowse, says that with supportive partners there is sure to be a good future for the awards.

"These awards are unique in that they foster and acknowledge those starting out in their creative careers. Tertiary institutions are also very supportive as it gives students from any year of study, the opportunity to enter. In 2016, we had a group of second year industrial design students winning the ECC Furniture and Product Design Award, they were up against 4th year and Masters students. It’s great like that."

Entries close: 30 September 2017

Awards Ceremony: 2nd November, ECC Ltd, Wellington

Display Instore:  2nd November for 2 weeks at ECC Wellington store

Results from the 58th NZ Potters National Exhibition

Paul Winspear selected the winners as follows:
  • Primo Clay Excellence award: Helen Yau for "Cocoon"
  • Tree Gallery Functional award: Royce McGlashen for "Nelson Plates"
  • Belton Smith Non Functional award: Kirsty Gardiner for "Batch 779, 38 moths"
  • Rick Rudd Foundation First Time exhibitors award: Jenny Taylor for "Art Centre 2"
  • Wellclay Highly Commended: Aimee McLeod for " Earthling family"
  • Wellclay Judges Commendation: Jane McCulla for "Mythic Voyager"
  • Wellclay Judges Commendation for first time exhibitor: Margaret Bray for "Meat au Jus jugs"

Waiclay National Ceramics Award 2017

18 November 2017 - 18 February 2018

Waiclay was established in 2001 at a national convention in the Waikato which included a national ceramic exhibition at Waikato Museum. Waiclay has continued this special relationship with Waikato Museum by holding a national exhibition at the Museum every two years.

The Waiclay team and Waikato Museum works together as a partnership to develop a ceramic exhibition that is now considered to be one of the best in New Zealand.

Waiclay has made an alternation to the last receiving date of 22nd September to 27 September 2017

This will allow those who have been rejected from Portage to submit to Waiclay selection

Portage Ceramic Awards 2017

Entries are now open for the Portage Ceramic Awards 2017, closing on Monday 7th August at 4pm.

Established in 2001 and administered by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery with support from The Trusts Community Foundation, The Portage Ceramic Awards is Aotearoa's best-known barometer for developments in the field of ceramics.

Click here to enter or for further details.

Artnews New Zealand, Winter, 2017

Lily Hacking surveys the reconstructed forms of clay artist Richard Stratton - in the Winter Issue out now!

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What's On
NZPotters 58th NationalExhibition
Tuesday August 1, 2017 - Sunday November 19, 2017
Quartz Museum of Studio Ceramics, 8 Bates St, Whanganui
Clay Expressions - Kapiti Arts & Crafts Society
Wednesday September 20, 2017 - Sunday October 15, 2017
Kapiti Gallery 192 Matai Rd, Raumati Beach.
Northland National Potters Week 2017
Monday October 2, 2017 - Tuesday October 17, 2017
Quarry Arts Centre - Yvonne Rust Gallery
Otago Potters Group - Annual Exhibition 2017
Friday October 6, 2017 - Saturday October 14, 2017
The Community Gallery - 20 Princess St, Dunedin
Festival of Pots & Garden Art 2018
Saturday January 20, 2018 - Sunday January 28, 2018
Anam Cara, 150 Rangiuru Rd, Otaki

Did you know?
You can look through our collection of potters' marks online
Click here to go to the "Potters' Marks page.

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NZ Potters 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

National Tableware 2017

Selector's Commendation (Wellclay)

New Zealand Potters (Inc.)

Registered as an incorporated society in 1965 by an enthusiastic group of potters in Wellington, New Zealand, NZ Potters (Inc.) 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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