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Welcome to the Ceramics Association of New Zealand (Inc)

This first conference under the new name Ceramics NZ will be held next year at Trentham Gardens, 10 Racecourse Rd, Trentham, Upper Hutt 

It will be held in tandem with the 59th National Exhibition which will be held at Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. 

The programme of events will include:
  • Pre- and post-conference master classes
  • Friday night 59th National Exhibition opening
  • Demonstrations by notable local and overseas potters and ceramic artists
  • Firings
  • Lectures or forums
  • Trade stalls
  • Self-selected show and tell exhibition for participants and demonstrators
  • Monday optional bus tour of local pottery studios and sites of interest to potters
  • Social festivities for everyone to mix and mingle
  • The AGM of the Ceramics NZ.
A special website has been set up to access the latest information on this event. It is http://www.expressiveceramics.co.nz.

Here are the forms and information for this important event:

Conference Registration Form
Masterclass Registration Form
National Exhibition Entry Form
National Exhibition - Conditions of entry

Relevant dates for National Exhibition:
Saturday 23 June or earlier
Wednesday 4 July
9-19 July
Saturday 21 July
Sunday 22 July
Friday 10 August
Sunday 23 September
Monday 24 September
Receiving of digital images
Notification of pre-selection
Receiving of pre-selected work
Final selection
Notification of final selection (by email where possible)
Exhibition opening at 6:30pm
Exhibition closes, buyers collect work till 4 pm
Remaining work to be collected or couriered

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.

The following programme shows when Ben Carter is available at confirmed clubs:

Affiliated Club Location Dates Event
Otago Polytechnic Dunedin May 16 lecture 5:30pm - part of the Fired Up public
Wakatipu Potters Group Queenstown May 18 - 20 2 day workshop and lecture

The Rick Rudd Foundation invites entries for the $10,000 Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award

The Trustees of the Rick Rudd Foundation are pleased to announce the inaugural Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award.

$10,000 will be awarded to the entrant selected by the trustees, studio potter, Rick Rudd; ceramic artist and co-owner of Rayner Brothers Gallery, Paul Rayner and IT consultant and art collector with a focus on ceramics, Tom Seaman.

The Trustees would appreciate the attached information and entry form being passed on to anyone who may be interested.

For enquiries phone 06 348 5555 or email quartz.award@gmail.com.

Important Dates

  • Entries close 4pm, Saturday 30 June 2018
  • Finalists advised by Tuesday 31 July 2018
  • Last day for exhibition works to arrive at Quartz - 4pm, Wednesday 15 August 2018
  • Awards announced Monday 24 September 2018
  • Exhibition at Quartz from 25 September 2018 to 31 March 2019
More information about the competition
Conditions of entry
Entry Form

What's On
Waiting (For Life to Begin) - Kay Bazzard
Saturday May 19, 2018 - Sunday June 24, 2018
Holt Gallery - Hastings City Art Gallery
One Careful Lady Owner - Madeleine Child
Sunday May 27, 2018 - Wednesday June 6, 2018
Eskdale Gallery, Moray Place, Dunedin
Open Studio weekend
Saturday June 2, 2018 - Monday June 4, 2018
35 Huntleigh Park Way, Ngaio, Wellington
The Great Plate - The Quarry Arts Centre
Friday July 13, 2018 - Monday July 23, 2018
The Quarry Arts Centre Whangarei
Expressive Ceramics
Friday August 10, 2018 - Monday August 13, 2018
Trentham Gardens, 10 Racecourse Rd, Trentham, Upper Hutt

Who Made This Pot?
Do you need to know who made a pot that you have?

Click here to go to the PotID page.

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

Ceramics NZ Exhibitions

Click any of the images below to see the archived version of the listed exhibition.


Ceramics Association of New Zealand

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.

Ceramics NZ,
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