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Welcome to 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.

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Robert Rapson, the 'ship man' of ceramic art

Robert Rapson, ceramic artist; b November 19, 1951; January 27, 2020

Robert Rapson, who has died aged 68, was a ceramic artist with a beautiful voice and a wry sense of humour. He was a dishevelled but dignified man with the gift of charm – able to converse with anyone about anything. 

Rapson loved ships, because they were part of his childhood and because, to him, they represented glamour, romance and a means to get to exotic places. He grew up in Melrose, Wellington, in a house that overlooked the water. His father Doug, worked for the Harbour Board.

Click here to read the full article by Katherine Smyth.

The Ceramics Association of New Zealand proudly presents 

Feast (Together) –The George Festival of Tableware 
6-9 August 2020

This years festival and National Tableware Competition will be held in the Canterbury-West Coast region at the beautifully restored historic Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora. 

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For more information see the festival website: www.nztableware.com

Online entries open March 16th!

This is festival of ceramics is a celebration of ceramics across the Wellington region to coincide with the NZ Festival,

Friday 21 February — Sunday 15 March 2020.

Included in Fired Up are 13 exhibitions featuring ceramics, collection and exhibition tours, and a 1-day symposium on Monday 24 February.

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Ceramic Artist Kwak Kyungtae

Dates: 5 May – 1 June

Ceramic Association, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and regions

Korean artist Kwak Kyungtae is one of the world’s only practicing masters of the Korean traditional art form of onggi pottery. Kyungtae will take part in the Ceramic Association’s touring potter programme this year, giving public lectures and workshops across the country. These are planned for both main cities and the regions, with the schedule to be confirmed early this year.

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3D Applications open now.

Contact kate@aucklandartshow.co.nz  or john@aucklandartshow.co.nz
The Auckland Art Show
The Cloud
17 Sept - 20 Sept 2020

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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.

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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.

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


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.

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What's On
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.
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Ceramics NZ,
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