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International Judge Impressed with
New Zealand Ceramics

Looking to be surprised and moved, internationally-recognised Australian ceramicist and teacher Janet DeBoos found what she was looking for when selecting this year’s finalists for the annual Portage Ceramic Awards.

Convened by West Auckland’s Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery for the past 15 years, DeBoos had a challenging job deciding who would make the final cut from among the more than 200 entries received in 2016.

Having made her pre-selection from overseas, DeBoos flew to New Zealand to see each of the works “in the flesh,” before casting her final judgement. She selected 52 finalists – both recognised and emerging ceramic artists – from all over New Zealand.

“It was with high anticipation that I arrived at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery to see the shortlisted works for the Portage Ceramic Awards. Judging a national competition is always a privilege, as it allows one to see a snapshot of a country’s ceramic landscape without having to travel to every part of that country, see every show, visit every studio.”

“What struck me from among the finalists I chose was their dedication to craft, particularly from those artists who employed a mixed media approach to their work. Most of the entries in the Portage this year were relatively intimate in scale, but with some obvious exceptions, notably, in the works that were modular: a persistent and popular way to inhabit a more commanding space in a gallery,” said DeBoos.

The works will be exhibited at Te Uru in Titirangi from 11 November 2016 to 5 February 2017.

The finalists now vie for the Premier Portage Ceramic Award, which carries a prize of $15,000. The winner will be announced at a ceremony held at Te Uru at 6.30pm on Thursday 10 November.

In addition to the Premier Award, the winner of a scholarship award at the Peters Valley School of Craft in New Jersey USA will be announced at the ceremony. Up to three merit awards totalling $3,000 are also on offer.

Tickets to the ceremony are available for purchase. Go to for details.

Established in 2001, The Portage Ceramic Awards are New Zealand’s premier showcase for the ceramic sector. Administered by Te Uru and funded by The Trusts Community Foundation, the awards are New Zealand’s gold standard for identifying our finest ceramic artists.

The annual awards and exhibition provide a vital platform to showcase the diversity of ceramic artists nationwide. For more, visit:

Click here to go to open a pdf which shows the final selection for the Portage Awards. These works will be on display at Te Uru in Titirangi from 11 November 2016  

What's On
The Human Expression - John Lawrence
Thursday July 21, 2016 - Sunday October 30, 2016
Te Manawa - museum of art, science & history - Palmerston North
All Fired Up 2016
Friday September 30, 2016 - Saturday November 5, 2016
Bottle Creek gallery, Pataka Art & Museum, Norrie St, Porirua
Chester Nealie - Book Launch and Talk
Saturday October 29, 2016 - Saturday October 29, 2016
Canterbury Potters Association, 395 Memorial Ave, Christchurch
Opening Blizzies Studio Pottery
Saturday October 29, 2016 - Saturday October 29, 2016
Queenwood Shopping Village, Herbert Rd, Hamilton 3210
Canterbury Potters Association - 43rd Annual Exhibition
Thursday November 3, 2016 - Sunday November 13, 2016
Canterbury Museum Visitors Lounge
Ceramicus 2016
Saturday November 5, 2016 - Sunday November 13, 2016
National Portrait Gallery, Shed 11, Wellington Waterfront
Halswell Pottery Group - Annual Members Exhibition 2016
Wednesday November 9, 2016 - Sunday December 4, 2016
Down by the Liffey Gallery, 1 James St, Lincoln
Bayclay 2016 - Bethlehem Pottery Club Annual Exhibition
Friday November 11, 2016 - Sunday November 13, 2016
Baycourt Exhibition Hall, 38 Durham St, Tauranga
Otago Potters Group - Annual Exhibition 2016
Saturday November 12, 2016 - Friday November 18, 2016
The Community Gallery - 20 Princess St, Dunedin
Festival of Pots & Garden Art 2017
Saturday January 21, 2017 - Sunday January 29, 2017
Anam Cara, 150 Rangiuru Rd, Otaki
Greg Barron Workshop - Otaki Pottery Club Inc in conjuction with The Festival of Pots & Garden Art
Monday January 23, 2017 - Tuesday January 24, 2017
Otaki Pottery Club

The Great Pottery Throw Down

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Maybe you would like to join a pottery club somewhere in New Zealand. We have 29 clubs from all over the country who are affiliated members of NZ Potters. You can locate any of these clubs from our "Clubs" page. The listing has contact details and some clubs have their own pages..

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Images from Hands On Hawkes Conference

Jane McCulla (RCM Canterbury/West Coast) and Wendy Cunliff (RCM Northland) were kind enough to supply some images taken at the Conference in Hawkes Bay.
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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.

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