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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.

Judge Chosen for Portage

Te Uru in Titirangi is pleased to announce the judge of this year’s Portage Ceramic Awards as Australian ceramic artist Merran Esson.

Esson has been working internationally for more than 40 years but this will be her first visit to Aotearoa. She will be visiting in October and November to select finalists and winners, and present the awards for this prestigious event, organised and hosted each year by Te Uru in Titirangi with support from The Trusts Community Foundation.
“We are delighted to bring Esson to Aotearoa, to introduce her to our own clay community,” says Te Uru Director, Andrew Clifford. “We also look forward to learning more from her extensive experience of exhibiting and teaching internationally. The distinctive ways Esson’s own work responds to and is situated in the landscape will be of great interest to potters in Aotearora.”

Merran Esson - "Autumn on the Monaro"
Photo by Greg Piper

The textures and large forms of Esson’s artworks express the contrast between the extremes of country and city, which she says is an influence from her rural childhood. She uses clay and glazes to reference water tanks, silos and corrugated iron, which remind us of the influence of history and place. Esson recently retired as the Head of Ceramics at The National Art School in Sydney, and is currently Lecturer-in-Charge of ceramics at the Australian Catholic University. As well as many other key Australian institutions, she has spent much time teaching in Scotland, including Glasgow School of Art, Duncan of Jorganstone College of Art, Dundee and Edinburgh College of Art.

“It’s always exciting to get such an invitation to be part of an event like this in another part of the world that I haven’t been to before,” says Esson, who is looking forward to having a closer experience of work from our country. “I have read a lot about New Zealand ceramics whenever it has been profiled in the ceramic magazines.”

Esson will also give presentations in other centres in Aotearoa through a partnership between Te Uru and Ceramics NZ, the national body for professional and recreational potters.
Established in 2001, the Portage Ceramic Awards is a hallmark event for the New Zealand ceramics community, showcasing some of the best work currently being made, and serving as a platform for dialogue about developments in the ceramics field.

Entries for the 2019 Awards close on Monday 12 August, 2019.

The Premier Award winner and Merit Award winners will be announced at the Awards Night held at Te Uru in Titirangi on Thursday 21 November. The finalist works will then be exhibited at Te Uru from 22 November 2019 – February 2020.

More information about the awards can be found at www.teuru.org.nz/portage

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


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:

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.

What's On
Andrea du Chatenier: Moonage Daydream
Wednesday July 17, 2019 - Friday November 1, 2019
The Pah Homestead TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre 72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough, Auckland
BigThings fromSmall Sculptures - Robin Ranga
Friday August 2, 2019 - Saturday August 31, 2019
Black Door Gallery 251 Parnell Road Parnell, Auckland,
Remnants, Remains - Kirsty Gardener
Sunday August 4, 2019 - Sunday September 15, 2019
Mahara Gallery, 20 Mahara Place, Waikanae
Yea Well, Now Since Then: Jim Cooper
Saturday August 10, 2019 - Saturday October 12, 2019
13 Rose Road, Ponsonby. PO Box 68762, Wellesley Street, Auckland
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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