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Barry Brickell dies aged 80

Barry Brickell, potter, artist, conservationist and visionary, has died at the age of 80.

Here are some links to news about Barry - his life and works.

Barry will be sorely missed by all those in the potting world and by conservationists, railway enthusiasts and by the tourist industry.

Howard Williams has written an article about Barry in the "Featured Articles" section of this website.

Click here to read Howard's article about Barry.

NZ Potters invites members to submit work for


Canterbury Museum Christchurch
May 17 - 29, 2016

Premier Award $1500
Two Merit Awards of $500

Selector and Guest Exhibitor: Chris Weaver

The Exhibition is organised by Cantaclay
the Canterbury/Westland members of NZ Potters

Receiving day is Thursday the 28th of April between 10 am and 2 pm

For more information, e-mail

Click here for more information about Imerys Tableware Exhibition

Link to Hands On Hawkes Bay website

Peter Lange - Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit

Congratulations to Peter Lange Auckland who was  made  a "member of the NZ Order of Merit 2016"  for his contribution to "Ceramics".

His citation reads:

Mr Peter Lange has contributed to ceramic arts for 40 years.

In the mid-1970s Mr Lange joined Auckland Studio Potters where he has been involved with teaching more than 100 students a week, training several generations of potters, building and firing kilns, organising seminars and giving workshops and helping deliver part of the Otago Polytechnic Distance Diploma in Ceramic Arts. He has held executive positions with Auckland Studio Potters including President and is the current Secretary/Treasurer.

In the early 1980s he began creating super-realistic slipcast ceramic sculptures, and his traditional pots of the 1990s were fired with wood and salt in kilns he designed and built himself. He built ‘Performance Kilns’ made of materials such as telephone books, cars, wood and ice and shaped like Rangitoto and guitars, often conducting these performances overseas.

He has completed several major works now located in national and international collections and public spaces including The Beehive and Auckland Museum. He has participated in many group shows and has been invited as guest demonstrator in Australia, china, Japan, Turkey, Wales, Dubai and Taiwan.

Mr Lange produced a publication recording the first 50 years of the Auckland Studio Potters’ Society.

Peter has had a long and illustrious involvement with NZ Potters and is now a Life Member. In 2010 he took over the editing of Ceramics Quarterly transforming a modest but important "Claynews" into what is now considered an indispensible NZ Potters publication of the highest order.

Click here to read a Stuff article about Peter
Click here to read a mention on the ASP website

NZ Potters - 50th Anniversary competition for tertiary ceramics students

Congratulations to the winners who are:

Premier Award $750 Kate Burchett
Merit $250 Sylvia Sinel
  Yasmin Franzmayr-Davis
  Nicolette Brodnax
  Susan Collins
Members Choice $350 Kate Burchett

All winners will be offered a free annual subscription to NZ Potters Inc.

Click here to view 2015 winners.

Previous Competitions

We have had Tertiary Student Competitions in 2005, 2007 and 2012

Click here to view past Student Competitions.

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.

To see the mosaic page click here
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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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