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Welcome to the Ceramics Association of New Zealand (Inc)
Ceramics Association of New Zealand (Ceramics NZ) is the national body for professional and recreational potters throughout the country.

The organisation was formed in 1965 as the New Zealand Society of Potters to provide support for a small group of entrepreneurial potters, the editorial committee for The New Zealand Potter magazine, and their annual National Exhibition.

Its core purpose is to promote excellence in ceramics in New Zealand by providing development opportunities (exhibitions, lectures, workshops from touring artists), promoting awareness, advocating, and by maintaining resources and archives.

As part of this mandate the organisation publishes the national journal Ceramics New Zealand Magazine and maintains this website.

Award winners announced

Click here to see the award winners for 2019.

Ceramics New Zealand Magazine due December 10

Our editor, Laura Pierce, has informed us that the December issue of Ceramics New Zealand is due out on December 10.

If you need any further information Laura's email address is:


The International Academy of Ceramics

The goal of the IAC is to stimulate friendship and communication between professionals in the field of ceramics in all countries. The IAC develops and encourages all forms of international cooperation to promote ceramics and to encourage and maintain production at the highest level of quality in all ceramic cultures.

Click here to go to the International Academy of Ceramics page.

Click on the poster to join Ceramics NZ.

Waikato Society of Potters 48 Annual Exhibition

Ceramicus 2019

For more about this exhibition click here.

Julie Cromwell - Peoples Choice Award

Open Ceramics Awards - Quarry Arts Centre

Congratulations to Julie Cromwell, winner of the People's Choice Award in the recent Open Ceramics Awards held at the Quarry Arts Centre in Northland.

Julie is pictured here with her winning piece "Liquid Skin", a large raku fired lidded vessel. 
Ceramics NZ is proud to support this exhibition by sponsoring this award with a One-Year magazine subscription to Ceramics NZ magazine and a membership to the Ceramics Association NZ.

Life, clay and laughter.
My experience at Pilliga Pottery, NSW, Australia.

Vase with Blue Wren decoration

For the last two months my partner Darby and I have been volunteers at Pilliga Pottery and Barkala Farmstay located five hours drive north-west of Sydney. Pilliga Pottery is named after the forest park that surrounds us. It is a 35 year old commercial pottery producing themed work (the native little Blue Wren features on many of the pieces) and is sold online and onsite. It is also a bush land/farm with farm stay accommodation and a cafe/restaurant. The business is owned and managed by the Rickert family who all live here, a small staff of full and part timers and volunteers like us.

Click here to read the full article.

by Temmina (Tammy) Kuijper - 07/Oct/2019

Merran Esson Lecture Series

A Maker's Journey: From The Monaro to Middle Earth
Nov 15th - The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington  Register here
Nov 17th - Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch  Register here
Nov 19th - Objectspace, Auckland  Register here

The Ceramics Association of New Zealand presents an informal lecture and Q&A with the 2019 Portage Ceramic Awards judge, Merran Esson. 

Join Australian ceramic artist Merran Esson on her first visit to New Zealand as she talks you through her practice, influences and experiences as an exhibiting artist and educator. Esson will give a presentation on her work followed by questions, conversation and refreshments. This is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in ceramics and craft education to engage with a highly experienced artist in an intimate setting.  Please register for this event. Esson travels to Aotearoa-New Zealand as the judge of the Portage Ceramic Awards, organised by Te Uru.

Merran Esson has been a practicing ceramic artist for over 40 years. Her large forms are influenced by the Australian rural landscape of her childhood and express the contrast between the extremes of country and city. Her works are held in significant collections around the world. Esson has extensive experience in her field, exhibiting and teaching internationally. Recently retired as the Head of Ceramics at The National Art School in Sydney, and currently Lecturer-in-Charge of ceramics at the Australian Catholic University, Esson will bring a wealth of insight to New Zealand potters and educators. Her teaching experience extends to many other key Australian institutions, the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, Duncan of Jorganstone College of Art, Dundee and Edinburgh College of Art. Merran Esson has been awarded many awards including the 2019 Muswellbrook Art Prize for Ceramics. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva and is represented by Stella Downer Fine Art in Sydney.

Merran Esson: To Glaze or Not to Glaze: Completing Ceramic Works. 
A professional development workshop for teachers and educators

The Ceramics Association of New Zealand and Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery present a professional development workshop for teachers and educators with Australian artist and 2019 Portage Ceramic Awards judge, Merran Esson.

In this workshop Merran Esson will take you through different approaches to finishing ceramic forms that can be used in a classroom environment. Esson will discuss her own practice and teaching experience while introducing you to a variety of techniques that go beyond functional glazes. The demonstration will focus on the use of slips, engobes and underglazes and applying these to leatherhard or greenware, techniques Esson developed for her program at the National Art School in Australia. You will broaden your technical knowledge of finishing and come out with a range of options and solutions for your students. The following information will be covered: terrasigilatta, slip, engobe, oxide washes, application of frits to highlight areas, underglazes, coloured stains, glaze application, sanchai glazing (as seen on Tang Dynasty Chinese horses and other wares), testing programs, firing temperatures.

10.30am                     Registrations and refreshments
11am-12.30pm         Presentation and follow up discussion
12.30-1.00pm           Lunch Break 
1.00-2.30pm              Demonstration and Q&A.

Merran Esson travels to Aotearoa-New Zealand as the judge of the Portage Ceramic Awards, organised by Te Uru.


For bookings contact info@teuru.org.nz or phone 09 8178087 ext. 201

Limited to 30 participants


A Diamond Jubilee Exhibition

23 October - 14 November 2020


It is my great pleasure and delight to announce our  60th National Exhibition in Spring of 2020 in Dunedin.

The Exhibition will be held at the Otago Art Society in the historic Dunedin Railway Station.

The Dunedin Railway Station is centrally located and attracts thousands of visitors. The Otago Art Society’s Gallery, located on the first floor of this iconic landmark building, has an elegant ambience that will show off the works wonderfully.

It is only befitting to have this milestone exhibition in Dunedin as the very first ‘New Zealand Made’ pottery exhibition was held at the Otago Museum in 1957. This exhibition was the seed from which further exhibitions throughout the country evolved, eventually leading to the formation of the New Zealand Society of Potters. If you would like to read more about the early beginnings I recommend to google Helen Mason “Ten Years of Pottery in New Zealand”. Helen Mason, one of our early pioneer potters, gives an excellent  account of those first exhibitions.  

Much has changed since, but we can be proud of an unbroken history of our organisation that serves hobbyists and professionals, clubs, potters, ceramic artists and ceramicists all over New Zealand.

We build on a legacy which remembers the past but boldly embraces the future!

While the exhibition is still a year away, it gives you time to fully explore your creativity and think about what special work you may want to enter.
More information will be announced in the coming months, so keep an eye out for it.

Let’s make it a truly memorable exhibition!

Nicole Kolig

Tour to Morocco

In April 2020 (April 4 - 19) I will be leading a 17 day small group ceramic tour to Morocco including a hands on traditional ceramics workshop.

In addition to the workshop, participants will enjoy a one day Berber cooking class as well as exploring Moroccan arts and ceramics in Fez, Safi and Meknes plus enjoy local food throughout.  A night in the desert amongst the Merzouga dunes under a thousand stars will be memorable and we will also visit Casablanca, Chefchouen and Marrakech.
The workshop will cater for all levels of experience and we also invite non-potting partners to join us.   I am limiting the workshop numbers to ensure that everyone can obtain full benefit.

Your members can find out more about the tour by clicking the link below or they can contact me personally via email as per below.
Marian Howell marian.ceramic.tours@gmail.com

About your tour leader:

This tour will be led by the well-known Australian Ceramicist, Marian Howell, who will provide expert commentary on ceramics during the tour. Marian is a past president of the Australian Ceramics Association and former Head of Ceramics at the National Art School and The Ceramics Design Studio, Sydney.

Click here to find out more about the tour.


It's time to exhibit in the Deep South!
Dunedin is open for applications!

November  7th - 10th

The More FM Arena
The Edgar Centre

Go to
www.dunedinartshow.co.nz for more information
or contact
John@dunedinartshow.co.nz  022 658 2960
kate@dunedinartshow.co.nz  022 100 7644


What's On
12th International Ceramics Competition - Mino, Japan
Friday November 1, 2019 - Friday January 10, 2020
Mino, Japan
Fire & Earth - Contemporary Ceramics from the Top of the South
Friday December 6, 2019 - Thursday March 26, 2020
Suter Art Gallery, Nelson
Halswell Pottery Group - Christmas Sale
Saturday December 7, 2019 - Saturday December 7, 2019
9 Candys Rd, Halswell, Christchurch
Quarry Arts - Summer Do
Sunday January 5, 2020 - Saturday January 11, 2020
21 Selwyn Ave, Whangarei
Festival of Pots & Garden Art - Otaki Potters
Saturday January 18, 2020 - Sunday January 26, 2020
Anam Cara Gardens, 150 Rangiuru Rd, Otaki
Friday October 23, 2020 - Saturday November 14, 2020
Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin
Ceramics NZ Exhibitions

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

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

Did you know?
There are exhibition opportunities available on this website.
Click here to see the opportunities available at the moment.

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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