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Maurice Bennett 1957 – 2016
Maurice Bennett a well-known member of Wellington Potters died on Monday the 6th of June. Maurice was 59. We’ve lost an inspired and dynamic artist, and a great friend.
As a young man Maurice had no doubt that he was an artist. In the 1980s he travelled many times to Europe and Japan soaking up art. Back home he worked in retail and created and exhibited his artistic passion. An early exhibition, called “Burning Desire”, was an assembly of found and incinerated objects. He had an exhibition of etchings in Japan and experimented in with torn, draped coloured cloth to convey images and emotions. He was into Punk Rock and protest.
Chris Dunn 30-Jun-2016
Imerys National Tableware Exhibition
It’s always exciting to be involved with organising a pottery exhibition and this year’s Tableware exhibition in Christchurch was a rewarding experiencing for all of us involved in organising and running it after such a long earthquake gap.. It was great to be hosting an exhibition once again that catered especially for those members who value good craftsmanship in the production of functional ware.
Although the idea of running a national exhibition may seem daunting, the process is really no different from organising a club exhibition in a local gallery, save perhaps for having to return unselected/unsold work by courier. The tasks are the same: booking a gallery, choosing a selector, advertising for submissions, inviting guests to an opening, receiving work, selection, transferring to the gallery, setting up the exhibition, minding it, selling work, collection of sold work, taking the exhibition down down and returning left over pots to the owners. Many members of NZPotters are experienced in doing this and would be happy to help those who are not.
Frederika Ernsten & Jim Pollard 30-Jun-2016
Quartz - the Museum of Studio Ceramics
The name Quartz may seem odd for a museum devoted to ceramics but for its owner Rick Rudd, it's perfect.
He quotes A Potter's Book, by Bernard Leach: "Quartz, raised to a red heat, quenched in water and ground to a powder is a most valuable material to potters both in clays and glazes."
Quartz: The Museum Of Studio Ceramics opened on November 3 at 8 Bates St, opposite the Whanganui courthouse, and its establishment has been keenly anticipated by Wanganui's arts community for a least a year.
Ceramics fill every room on both floors of the former Payne Sewell building - much of it Mr Rudd's own work but with collections and pieces by other ceramicists as well.
Anne Marie McDonald 29-Mar-2016
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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.