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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 a website ceramicsnz.org.

Open Ceramics Award - Northland Craft Trust

The Northland Craft trust, in association with Ceramics NZ, is delighted to present the Quarry Arts Centre Open Ceramics award 2019.

This is the second year for this annual event, after our inaugural award in 2018 was such wonderful success. Our aim is to encourage and develop the continuation of excellence in ceramics in New Zealand, and to showcase the unique talents and techniques of New Zealand ceramic artists.

Opening event and winners announced Friday 6th September 5:30pm.

To apply, please download and complete the entry form by visiting the website:

Mirek Smíšek Arts Trust

Mirek Smisek earned an international reputation for his designs and is recognised as one of the founders of the modern ceramic arts movement in New Zealand. For nearly 30 years he worked at Te Horo, firing his work in the two large beehive kilns he built, and which are now the surviving elements of his pottery.

Recently, the following newsletter arrived in my email.

Ceramics New Zealand Magazine will be out on May 18

Please join us on May 18th at 5:30pm for the launch of Ceramics New Zealand Issue 3 and the opening of "Start with a Vase" at Hastings City Art Gallery, 201 Eastbourne St East, Hastings, Hawkes Bay

Portage Ceramic Awards

Entries are now open!

This is a courtesy email to let you know that entries for the Portage Ceramic Awards 2019 are now open. Please pass this on to anyone in your group or anyone you think might be interested.

The Premier Portage Ceramic Award carries a prize of $15,000. Up to three Merit Awards totalling $3,000 are also on offer, along with a People’s Choice award of $1,000.

Submissions close on Monday 12 August at 4pm.

Enter online or download an entry form online from the Portage Ceramic Awards page at teuru.org.nz/portage

If you haven't already, follow the Portage Ceramic Awards Facebook page for more updates and information, and sign up to our fortnightly email newsletter for all exhibitions and events at Te Uru.

The Awards Night will be held at Te Uru on Thursday 21 November. We hope to see you there.
The exhibition will run from 22 November 2019 - February 2020.

We wish all the best to those entering this year’s competition!

James Anderson
Gallery Assistant
Kaiawhina Taiwhanga

The Great Cambridge Anagama Kiln Build

We are altering the workshop series due to enrolments and needing to finish the kiln in May. 

We are now only having one weekend workshop on 4th & 5th May. This will be focussed on kiln design, construction and operation. Participants will be laying the arch and starting the adobe layers. You will also be able to have work in the first firing and help fire the kiln.

Topics covered
Information about material choices, dimensions of key parts, basic thermodynamics at work, structural support structures, adobe formulations and firing processes.

There is free accommodation onsite in the ‘woolshed studio’ and space available for camping/caravans. The workshop fee of $300 includes refreshments, lunches and the Saturday meal.

To book please use the contact form on our website or email info@woodstoke.co.nz

Clubs are Critically Important to a Healthy New Zealand Society

Recently a Stuff article carried the following information. (The article was written by Nikki McDonald).

On a quiet capital street, busy hands are throwing and pinching, rolling and sculpting. Started in 1958, the Wellington Potters' Association has never been in such demand. They've imposed a temporary moratorium on new members to decide how to manage the influx.

30-year-old Wellington Potters Centre member Maria Koroniadis appreciates the break from technology and the advice of experienced potters.

It's a Tuesday club morning, where veterans Vera Burton and Mal Sole offer their time and expertise to novices. When Burton joined the association in 1983, the club occupied just the bottom room of the two-storey suburban building. The Musical Drama Society tap-danced their way around the dance studio above. That petered out and the pottery workshop took over the whole space.

Burton took up pottery to get out of the house when her daughter was 6 months old. She won't reveal her age, but says her daughter is over 50.

Sole had five kids and was raising bonsai trees. Faced with a $500 bonsai pot, he decided he needed to make his own. Twenty-four years later he still loves transforming an amorphous giant ball of mud.

Many clubs are struggling to find enough volunteers. Wellington Potters' Association vice -president Elaine Marland currently spends 10-15 hours a week on club business.

"I only like making the stuff, i don't really care what happens to it afterwards ... You ought to see my garden! I don't have to mow the lawns, because no grass fits in between."

Maria Koroniadis learned to work clay while trying 30 new things before turning 30, and was instantly hooked. 

"It's grounding. Connecting to something more creative, getting off your phone. There's no technology – it's just you and the wheel and you just have to try and make something ... You can easily go into K-mart and buy something for $2, but you know everyone else has got the same thing, and there's no love in it."

But the whole club of 450 members is run by just eight committee members. There's a team to mix glazes and a team that runs the twice-weekly kiln firings. That's headed by Peter Rumble, but he wants out as it's so time-consuming he struggles to make his own work. Many volunteers have day jobs, including vice-president Elaine Marland, who works for Heritage New Zealand. At present, she's spending 10-15 hours a week on Potters' Association work. 

"There's a huge amount to do."

​Koroniadis, 30, doesn't belong to any other clubs – she spends all her time here. As well as the facilities she appreciates the experience of older club members.

"If you don't know something, if you're my age you just google it. For potting, you can't really google it. So you guys are the google," she says to Burton and Sole.

While clubs must change with society, there's no substitute for that inter-generational exchange of skills.

"They bring cake and you bring knowledge," Burton says.

Ben Carter Interviews

Ben Carter was recently brought to New Zealand by the Ceramics Association of New Zealand. While he was here he took various workshops around the country and interviewed various potters. 

These are the podcasts of those interviews.

Click here for those interviews.

Japan - A Potters Tour

Calling all potters and pottery lovers.

Join Peter and Julie Collis on this trip of a lifetime through Japan. Discover a rich and varied history of pottery and ceramics, art, culture, temples, gardens and food over two weeks in May 2019. Starting in Tokyo and visiting the ceramic centres of Bizen, Kyoto and Kanazawa as well as a little time on the edge of the Seto Inland Sea.

What's On
Royce McGlashen - 70 for 70
Saturday May 11, 2019 - Sunday July 7, 2019
Suter Gallery, Nelson
Start With A Vase - Curated by Sebastian Clarke
Saturday May 18, 2019 - Sunday August 11, 2019
Hastings City Art Gallery
Sharing the Love - Auckland Studio Potters
Monday June 24, 2019 - Saturday June 29, 2019

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.

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