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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.
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.
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.
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.