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Welcome to the Ceramics Association of New Zealand (Inc.)

Ceramics NZ to receive a grant from Creative NZ

Ceramics NZ has been successful in it's application for an Arts Grant!! 

$17,440, the full amount requested, has been awarded to Ceramics NZ from Creative NZ. The application was submitted earlier in the year while Ceramics NZ was known as NZ Potters (Inc). This award will come into effect 2018 and will go towards a National Touring Potters Scheme.

NZ Potters Inc begins a new chapter as Ceramics Association NZ

On 23 September 2017 members of NZ potters Inc voted to change our name to Ceramics Association of NZ allowing us to project a fresh and contemporary approach to our organisation.

This will allow us to reach out to all clay workers, studio potters and contemporary ceramicists, and connect with the many emerging ceramic artists.  We will be working on streamlining the website and as such you will see some changes over the next few months.

Our new logo combines the previous image with Ceramics NZ supporting contemporary ceramics and studio pottery.  

Our domain name will change from nzpotters.com to ceramicsnz.org.

Whilst we are looking forward, to secure the future of our organisation, we will continue to acknowledge our past.  Council are excited to continue to enhance our role within New Zealand ceramics.

Nicola Dench
Ceramics Association NZ

Employment Opportunity

Anneke Borren Selling her Collection of Pots & Paintings

After 50 years plus of full-time potting, Anneke has decided to sell her full and extensive collection of pots and paintings. There is nearly 500 pottery pieces from some very well known potters both historical and contemporary.

Anneke has had bad neck problems with stents having to be put in to support the top of her spine. She is now not able to continue with the wheel work, but is still an expert teacher - worked as such at the Dowse for several years - so her contribution to the pottery scene will continue. 

Click here to see the first notification of the auction of Anneke Borren's major collection. The printed catalogue is going to be a major part of her final 50 years too, before she closes down her work practice. Apart from her very large collection of other potters' work and paintings, she is completely selling all her furniture and then her house and studio, so she can buy a campervan which she'll use to travel around the country, stopping at many friends' places and taking professional pottery classes at the local clubs.

CERAMICUS Opening Night

The Ceramicus Award Winners

Oliver Morse - Wellington Museum Premier Award Winner
Karin Amdal - Vessel Award for Excellence in Wheel-Thrown Ceramics
Barin Das - New Zealand Artist Magazine Merit Award for Excellence in Wheel-Thrown Ceramics
Peter Rumble - Maurice Bennett Memorial Award for Excellence in Hand-built Ceramics
Paula Weir – New Zealand Artist Magazine Merit Award for Excellence in Hand-built Ceramics
Karen Taylor - The  Mamaku International He Kōrero Waihanga Uku Award: Māui Pōtiki
Lisa Henderson - Nelson Pottery Supplies Award for Innovation in Ceramics
Grace Sharp - Waikato Ceramics First Time Exhibitor Award

The Wellington Potters’ Association held the Opening Night of their annual exhibition “Ceramicus 2017” at the Academy Galleries, Queen’s Wharf, on Thursday the 12th of October. This exhibition was held with “Splash 2017” the annual exhibition of Watercolour New Zealand, the national exhibition of water colour artists. Splash opened the following evening on Friday the 13th of October, when those attending had the opportunity to enjoy both exhibitions.

Ceramicus was opened by the mayor of Wellington, Justin Lester, whose speech was bright, articlate and entertaining. He made the point that the combined exhibition brought together an exciting range of artistic expression that was certain to attract more visitors as it added to Wellington’s reputation as a cultural centre of NZ.

Te Arikirangi Mamaku was the MC for the award presentation. Richard Stratton, the guest exhibitor and selector presented an exceiting range of awards supported by sponsors, including the Wellington Museum Premiere Award. This award was presented by Paul Thompson, the deputy director of Wellington Museum. It is an acquisition award for $1,000, the winning piece will be displayed in the Museums collection. Their sponsorship will be continued for the next 5-10 years.

Chris Dunn, exhibition convenor for Wellington Potters’ Association.

News from Howard Williams

To ex-NZCHT members and others....Hello to you all - after one of our wettest summer, autumn and winter seasons we've ever had on record! Hoping for a good summer to come!

Peter Lange wrote an article earlier this year where he talked about Driving Creek being the best place to hold the NZSP's annual national exhibitions, instead of holding them in a different city each year, which usually places a heavy lot of work on some of the smaller clubs involved. This is successfully done in many other countries, so may be worth trying here.

Driving Creek could certainly be an excellent venue, particularly as NZ's largest private museum and library of studio pottery will be opening there in the near future. Coromandel may be a longer way from more southern places for visitors to travel to, but it will still hold very special attractions on top of the annual exhibitions of NZSP (now to be called CANZ - Ceramics Association of NZ).

The new Driving Creek Railway, Arts and Conservation Trust is now converting the Ron Sang- designed art gallery into special display spaces for our museum's archived pottery and for contemporary exhibitions, plus a coffee bar/library for visitors' interest and education. The studios are being upgraded to take more teaching classes, right up to the Otago University's On-line Diploma course, and will be offering artist-in-residencies for top potters to apply for.
The complete structure of this ceramics museum and the DCR Trust's team, will be well able to handle such annual exhibitions with the help of the new CANZ board. Well worth looking into.
More great news! Peter Lange was recently gifted over 4,000 pieces of pottery through a deceased collector's estate and has had them on public display in Mt Eden for several weeks. At the opening of this display, entitled "Stash", he was not sure of where this collection would eventually go, but I suggested it could join our and Barry Brickell's collection at Driving Creek.
This has luckily now happened!

The Auckland War Memorial Museum was apparently interested in some of the works, though I have not heard what has happened regarding this. However, this weekend the pots were all wrapped and boxed to be taken by truck to Coromandel by the manager of DCR Trust, John Gurney, and his team, including our old faithful potter/painter/poet, John Madden. Other locals called in by Peter Lange helped with this large job.

The next large job will be for Deborah Hide-Bayne, the archivist at DCR who has been working already to combine our NZCHT collection with Barry's, to now add the "Stash" collection. Others will be helping with this important work, which will further the interest in NZ's important studio pottery history. DCR has now had over one-and-a-half million visitors, so our museum will not only add to their tourist's potential interest, but will further the value of holding the national CANZ's annual exhibitions there.

Many thanks, to Peter Lange and his helpers and to John Gurney with the DCR Trust's team.

Howard Williams

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 an invitation

Opening night - 17 November 2017 5.30 - 7.00 pm

Events - 18 February 2018

  • Rowley Drysdale - Walk & Talk 10.30am
  • John Parker - design & layout talk - 1.30pm
  • Panel discussion - 2.00pm

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!

Click the image for more information.

What's On
Canterbury Potters Association - 44th Annual Exhibition
Thursday November 16, 2017 - Sunday November 26, 2017
Canterbury Museum Visitors Lounge
Dunedin Night Shelter
Saturday November 18, 2017 - Saturday December 2, 2017
St Pauls Cathedral, The Octagon, Dunedin
Waiclay 2017
Saturday November 18, 2017 - Sunday February 18, 2018
Waikato Museum, Hamilton
Creative Clay - Hutt Art Society
Wednesday November 22, 2017 - Sunday December 3, 2017
Hutt Art Gallery
Hakatere Ceramics & Pottery - Annual Exhibition
Thursday November 23, 2017 - Friday December 1, 2017
Emily Harmer Photography Shop Front Gallery, 179 West St, Ashburton
Japan Foundation - Handcrafted Form: Traditions & Techniques
Saturday November 25, 2017 - Monday January 22, 2018
Expressions Whirinaki Arts & Entertainment Centre, Upper Hutt
Back, Toward the Future - Frederika Ernsten
Sunday December 3, 2017 - Friday January 5, 2018
Chanber Gallery - Rangiora Library
Festival of Pots & Garden Art 2018
Saturday January 20, 2018 - Sunday January 28, 2018
Anam Cara, 150 Rangiuru Rd, Otaki
Lithophane Workshop with Ilona Romule
Monday February 12, 2018 - Friday February 16, 2018
Tammy Kuijpers’ Studio in Ngahinapouri, Hamilton
Expressive Ceramics
Friday August 10, 2018 - Monday August 13, 2018
Trentham Gardens, 10 Racecourse Rd, Trentham, Upper Hutt

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

Ceramics NZ 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)

Ceramics NZ

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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