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Ben Carter is Coming to New Zealand!

We are excited to announce that Ben Carter will be travelling to the North and the South Islands of New Zealand giving workshops.

Ben Carter is a studio potter, workshop leader, and social media enthusiast based in Santa Cruz, CA. He received his BFA in ceramics/painting from Appalachian State University, and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. His professional experience includes being an artist-in-residence at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC, as well as Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and the Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard in Skelskor, Denmark.

From 2010-2012 he served as the Education Director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. He has lectured and presented workshops at universities and craft centers in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He has exhibited internationally in numerous invitational and juried shows.  Carter was recently named the 2016 Ceramic Artist of the Year for Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated.

Ben will be travelling through New Zealand giving workshops around the country at various pottery clubs.

Watch this space ... As soon as we know where Ben will be travelling we will let you know.

Above is some of Ben's latest work.

You can check out much more of Ben's work here: http://www.carterpottery.com.

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

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

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.

What's On
Waiclay 2017
Saturday November 18, 2017 - Sunday February 18, 2018
Waikato Museum, Hamilton
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
Book Launch - The Dowse Museum
Book Launch
Saturday December 16, 2017 - Saturday December 16, 2017
The Dowse Museum, Lower Hutt
Festival of Pots & Garden Art 2018
Saturday January 20, 2018 - Sunday January 28, 2018
Anam Cara, 150 Rangiuru Rd, Otaki
Slow Wheel Throwing Pottery Workshop - Rahu Rd Pottery
Saturday February 3, 2018 - Sunday February 4, 2018
Rahu Rd Pottery, 142 Rahu Rd, Paeroa
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

NZ Potters Exhibitions

Click any of the images below to see the archived version of the listed exhibition.
Elements 2017
Imerys Tableware Exhibition 2016
Ceramics NZ 56th National Exhibition 2015


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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