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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.

Open Ceramics Award 2020 Announcement

Be in a National Level Ceramics Competition before the end of the year! 
The Northland Craft Trust is delighted to present the third annual Open Ceramics Award 2020. This is an opportunity for recently made ceramics to be exhibited in New Zealand’s only National Level Competition this year. This award will go ahead through all COVID alert levels, and takes place at the Quarry Arts Centre, Whangarei, Northland. 
This competition will showcase the unique talents and techniques of emerging and master New Zealand ceramic artists in two categories. The main category “Best Open Masters” will award $1000 for the Master prize. A second category has been added to the award this year. “Best Open Emerging” welcomes artists who are exhibiting ceramics in a National Show for the first time, with a top prize of $500.
The judge is a well-known ceramics artist, which will be announced closer to the award time. Applications will go through a selection round with photographic images only. This will be followed by an invitation to enter the physical works for the competition, which will open to the public on Friday 6th November.
Do you have creative, beautiful or cutting-edge ceramics made in the past year? 

Consider submitting to the Open Ceramics Award 2020. Find out more and apply to be part of the Open Ceramics Award 2020 by visiting our webpage or visit us in person. Both online, email and paper submissions are acceptable but must be delivered to the Quarry Arts Centre before 25th September.
Last Year's Coverage: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=12270188

Open Ceramics Information Page: https://quarryarts.org/events/open-ceramics-award-2020 

Terms and Conditions and Timeline: https://quarryarts.org/events/open-ceramics-award-2020/terms-conditions/

Entry Form Online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoXN3Z3W3WJ8-mmcXDG6goKdYfm1ZLwIz7emC5MiOYOhOPRw/viewform


A Diamond Jubilee Exhibition

23 October - 20 November 2021


It is my great pleasure and delight to announce our  60th National Exhibition in Spring of 2021 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

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What's On
John Roy - Fool's Gold
Saturday October 17, 2020 - Sunday March 14, 2021
Tauranga Art Gallery, Tauranga
NUku - a group exhibition.
Saturday November 28, 2020 - Sunday February 28, 2021
Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland
Halswell Pottery Group - at Barrington Mall
Monday November 30, 2020 - Friday December 4, 2020
Barrington Mall, 256 Barrington St, Spreydon, Christchurch
Wellington Regional Arts Review
Saturday December 5, 2020 - Sunday January 17, 2021
Christine Boswick - Thinking Through My Hands
Saturday December 5, 2020 - Sunday February 28, 2021
Suter Art Gallery, Nelson
Pottery Studio Trail - Christchurch
Saturday December 5, 2020 - Sunday December 6, 2020
Christchurch, Sumner, Lyttelton & Diamond Harbour
CPA-Christmas Market
Sunday December 13, 2020 - Sunday December 13, 2020
CPA Rooms - Avice Hill Reserve,395 Memorial Ave, Christchurch
Saturday October 23, 2021 - Saturday November 20, 2021
Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin
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Ceramics NZ Exhibitions

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Did you know?
You can look through our collection of potters' marks online
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There are exhibition opportunities available on this website.
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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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