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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.

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

Affiliated Club Location Dates Event
Quarry Arts Centre Whangarei April 24 - 26 3 day workshop including lecture
Waikato Society of Potters Hamilton April 28 - 29 2 day workshop 10-4pm
Taradale Pottery Group Napier April 30 - May 1 2 day workshop 3-9pm
Wellington Potters Association Wellington May 3 - 4 2 day workshop 3-9pm 
Craft Potters Nelson Nelson May 6 1 day demonstration
Halswell Pottery Group Christchurch May 11 1 day demonstration 2-7pm
Canterbury Potters Association Christchurch May 12 - 13 2 day workshop
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

Winners of the Portage Ceramic Awards - 2017

Congratulations to all 2017 award winners. Richard Stratton's Forced Turn Teapot wins the 2017 Premier Award, Untitled (Yellow Stack) by Andrea du Chatenier is awarded the Guldagergaard Residency, and Merit Awards go to Milkstock by Cheryl Lucas, Uncut Penetration by John Parker and Colouring In by Amanda Shanley.

Richard Stratton - Premier Award - Forced Turn Teapot

Andrea du Chatenier- the Guldagergaard Residency - Untitled

Cheryl Lucas - Merit Award

John Parker Merit Award
Uncut Penetration

Amanda Shanley - Merit Award
Colouring In

Kiya Nancarrow - People's Choice Award
Spacing Form

This year's finalists are: Greg Barron, Owen Bartlett, Blue Black, Tony Bond, Maak Bow, Phil Brooks, Annette Bull, Rachel Carter, Madeleine Child, Peter Collis, Bronwynne Cornish, Ann Crane, Bridgit Day, Andrea du Chatenier, Lang Ea, Kate Fitzharris, Mel Ford, Yasmin Franzmayr-Davis, Grancy Fu, Jacquelyn Greenbank, Kairava Gullatz, Philip Jarvis, Jinho Jeong, Chuck Joseph, Temmina Kuijpers, Peter Lange, Virginia Leonard, Cheryl Lucas, Paul Maseyk, Gaeleen Morley, Kiya Nancarrow, John Parker, Michael Potter, Robert Rapson, Vivian Rodríguez, John Roy, Rick Rudd, Amanda Shanley, Liz Sharek, Duncan Shearer, Janet Smith, Gary Stewart, Richard Stratton, Christine Thacker, Stephan Thomas, Janna van Hasselt, Chris Weaver, Sarah Wigley and Helen Yau.

Tanzanian-born British artist Lubaina Himid won the 2017 Turner Prize.

HULL, England—It appears the contemporary art world is beginning to reflect the world it presumes to, as earlier this month, Tanzanian-born British artist Lubaina Himid won the 2017 Turner Prize.

Himid is the first woman of color as well as the oldest at 63—outdated age restrictions were finally lifted this year—to be given the leading British contemporary art award, Apollo Magazine reports, adding “it’s a moment of national recognition that feels long overdue.”

Himid, who suddenly finds herself in the spotlight, is especially poignant, not least because her own work has consistently fought against invisibility, particularly in an institutional context. Since the 1980s, in works that are daring, political, and skilful, she has called for due acknowledgement of the black presence in British life. Her work, she says, demonstrates ‘that black people have contributed to European cities – many were built on the money earned from the slave trade – and have influenced the cultural landscape’.

Click here for more information about the 2017 Turner Prize.

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

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

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

What's On
George Andrews Workshop
Saturday May 19, 2018 - Sunday May 20, 2018
Temmina Kuypers workshop, Ngahinapouri
Expressive Ceramics
Friday August 10, 2018 - Monday August 13, 2018
Trentham Gardens, 10 Racecourse Rd, Trentham, Upper Hutt

Who Made This Pot?
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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


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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.
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