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Mirek​ Smišek's Two Beehive Kilns to be Saved

The kilns have fallen cold but a fire still burns for the man who made them.

Potter Mirek​ Smišek's​  two beehive kilns are believed to be the only of their kind in New Zealand, and they're in the path of new expressway works.

This year, the New Zealand Transport Agency will move the fragile structures just a little to the left, making way for both the road and local plans to develop a creative centre in the potter's memory.

Te Uru is pleased to announce local Henderson duo Sang-Sool Shim and Keum-Sun Lee as the Premier Award Winners in the 2018 Portage Ceramic Awards, for their piece, In the Beautiful Dream.

The Award, with a value of $15,000, was presented by this year’s guest judge, Los Angeles artist Bari Ziperstein, at a ceremony held in West Auckland’s Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery on Thursday 8 November.

Ziperstein also presented three Merit Awards to artists Jim Cooper (Dunedin), Andrea du Chatenier (Whanganui) and Rick Rudd (Whanganui). A further five Honourable Mentions were awarded to Brendan Adams, Jinho Jeong, Peter Lange, John Roy and Susan St Lawrence.

Established in 2001 and administered by Te Uru with support from The Trusts Community Foundation, the annual Portage Ceramic Awards are Aotearoa-New Zealand’s best-known survey of contemporary ceramic activity. The 2018 Portage Ceramic Awards winners and finalist works will be on display at Te Uru in Titirangi from 9 November 2018 - 10 February 2019.

Please see the full media release attached. Interviews with the winners and high resolution images can be provided on request.

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 featuring

Richard Stratton Nicole Kolig
Cheryl Lucas Tatyanna Meharry & Gwen Parsons
Chris Weaver Mike O'Donnell
Duncan Shearer Greg Barron

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
Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award
Monday September 24, 2018 - Monday March 25, 2019
Quartz, Museum of Studio Ceramics, Whanganui
Festival of Pots & Garden Art 2018
Saturday January 19, 2019 - Sunday January 27, 2019
Anam Cara Gardens, 150 Rangiururu Rd, Otaki
Complete Crystals Workshop with renowned Australian potter, Bill Powell.
Tuesday January 22, 2019 - Friday January 25, 2019
Waikato Society of Potters, Hamilton.
Danny Moorwood Demonstration - Porcelain
Monday February 11, 2019 - Monday February 11, 2019
Dunedin School of Art - Dunedin
Naked Raku with Rosemary O'Hara from Wellington
Saturday February 23, 2019 - Sunday February 24, 2019
89 Reid Road, Ngahinapouri in the Waikato
Porcelain Slab Construction with John Tuckwell from Australia
Saturday April 6, 2019 - Sunday April 7, 2019
89 Reid Road, Ngahinapouri in the Waikato.

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.
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