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Ceramics NZ is proud to present a free public programme with LA based artist and 2018 Portage Ceramics Awards judge Bari Ziperstein. This will include a lecture and three professional practice workshops at Objectspace in Auckland, The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson and The Dowse Art Museum in Wellington during her time in NZ.

In this programme Bari will take small discussion groups through her successful business model, balancing an exhibiting practice and her line of functional ceramics BZippy&Co. Don't miss this unique opportunity to take part in these Professional Practice Workshops. These are free public events, but please book as spaces are limited. Reserve your place through the Eventbrite links below or contact

Auckland - Objectspace
Professional workshop  
Friday 26th October 6:00pm 
Saturday 27th October 11:00am

Nelson - The Suter Art Gallery
Professional workshop 
Friday 2nd November - 2:30pm

Wellington - The Dowse 
Professional workshop 
Saturday 3rd November 2:00pm

Thank you to our partners Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery and The Portage Ceramic Awards for helping to make this possible.

The Doris Lusk Residency is a collaboration between the Risingholme Community Centre and the Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic. It is open to all Dunedin School of Art Graduates who have graduated with Diploma or higher qualification.

The foundation is proud to announce the winner of the inaugural Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award 2018.

The winner is Oliver Morse. An image of Oliver's work is shown below.

Images by Richard Wotton

For more information about this award and the winner please click the following link:

The Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award exhibition will be on show at Quartz Museum of Studio Ceramics, Whanganui for six months commencing Monday 24th September, 2018.

Please go to the Quartz Museum website for more information.

Otago Art Society & Ceramics Association of New Zealand

(Otago and Southland Members Only)

Joint Exhibition 16th Nov to 2nd Dec 2018

Invitation to Otago.Southland CANZ members

Otago and Southland members are invited to take part in a joint exhibition with members of the Otago Art Society at the Dunedin Railway Station. It will be held from mid November to end of November. (Details and entry forms links below).

This is an exciting opportunity to show their work not only to the Dunedin public but also to the many international visitors who come to the iconic railway station.

I am pleased to tell you that if you elect to enter in the CANZ category you are eligible to win the following awards and prizes:
  • Functional Excellence Award 
  • Sculptural Excellence Award 
  • CANZ Award
  • Merit Award 
  • People’s Choice Award

Renowned and well known Dunedin Master Potter Neil Grant will judge the works for awards.

If you have any questions at all, please get in touch with me at

Digitization of New Zealand Potter

It is with great pleasure that we announce the digitization of New Zealand Potter.

All 93 issues can be found here:

Many thanks go to former editor Howard Williams for his enthusiastic support, to Pamella Annsouth for lending us the bulk of the magazines, to Christchurch City Libraries for filling some of the gaps and especially to Rick Rudd who lent us the first two, extremely rare, issues.

Also to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu staff Janine Bruce, Airi Hashimoto and Anita Parris who stood at the photocopier.

There is gold in these periodicals: New Zealand’s ceramic art royalty writing, thinking, drawing, designing and explaining. Any errors are mine and all comments are welcome.

Tim Jones,
Christchurch Art Gallery

Los Angeles Artist to Judge 2018 Portage Ceramic Awards.

This year’s Portage Ceramic Awards, Aotearoa’s best-known survey of contemporary ceramic activity, will be judged by American artist Bari Ziperstein.

Ziperstein is at the forefront of a thriving ceramic scene in Los Angeles. As well as gallery-based exhibitions and site-specific public installations, Ziperstein also produces functional ceramics through her company, BZippy & Co.

Ziperstein will select finalists and winners for this prestigious event, organised and hosted each year by Te Uru in Titirangi with support from The Trusts Community Foundation.

“We are excited about bringing a judge across the Pacific, from the American West Coast to Auckland’s West Coast,” says Te Uru Director, Andrew Clifford.

Portage Ceramic Awards 2018 judge Bari Ziperstein and her work Propaganda Pots, Nino Mier Gallery, 2018

Call for Entries - 1 June 2018

UKU Clay Hawkes Bay is a new biennial National Ceramic Award to be held in the Hawkes Bay region. It will be a selected exhibition showcasing the best work from ceramic artists from around New Zealand.

Awards for 2018 will be announced soon.

UKU Clay 2018 will be held at the CAN Gallery, Napier from Saturday 27th October to Wednesday 21st November 2018.

We are delighted that ceramic artist John Parker has kindly agreed to be our first selector and exhibition designer for 2018.

Submissions are invited from emerging and established ceramic artists throughout New Zealand.

Key Dates

Call for Submissions is Now Open Entry $25.00 limited to one entry per artist.
Friday 31st August 2018   Closing date for entries.
Monday 8th October 2018   Finalists announced.
Monday 15th-Thursday 18th October 2018 Works to be received.
Saturday 27th October 2018  Opening at CAN Gallery Napier.
Sunday 28th October 10-11am Floor talk with John Parker.
28th October to 21st November 2018 Exhibition Dates.
Thursday 22nd November 2018  Collection of unsold local work.


Napier City Creative Communities NZ.
Hastings City Creative Communities NZ.
Primo Clays.
Tennyson Gallery.


Natham Crossan & Annette Bull
148 Ferry Road,
Hawkes Bay 4102
Phone: (06) 870 0842 or 027 222 8858

UKU Clay Entry Form.pdf
UKU Clay Conditions of Entry.pdf

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
The Rooms - a special exhibition at the Elms
Saturday August 4, 2018 - Wednesday October 24, 2018
15 Mission St, Tauranga
Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award
Monday September 24, 2018 - Monday March 25, 2019
Quartz, Museum of Studio Ceramics, Whanganui
Free public programme with LA based artist and 2018 Portage Ceramics Awards judge Bari Ziperstein.
Friday October 26, 2018 - Saturday October 27, 2018
Auckland - Objectspace
The Dunedin Art Show
Thursday November 1, 2018 - Sunday November 4, 2018
The Edgar Centre, Dunedin
Free public programme with LA based artist and 2018 Portage Ceramics Awards judge Bari Ziperstein.
Friday November 2, 2018 - Friday November 2, 2018
The Suter Art Gallery - Nelson
Fiona Tunnicliffe: Sculptural Animals 2
Saturday November 3, 2018 - Sunday November 4, 2018
Waikato Society of Potters, 2 Seddon Road, Hamilton
Free public programme with LA based artist and 2018 Portage Ceramics Awards judge Bari Ziperstein.
Saturday November 3, 2018 - Saturday November 3, 2018
Wellington - The Dowse, Nelson
BayClay Exhibition 2018
Friday November 9, 2018 - Sunday November 11, 2018
Baycourt Exhibition Hall, 38 Durham St, Tauranga
Complete Crystals Workshop with renowned Australian potter, Bill Powell.
Tuesday January 22, 2019 - Friday January 25, 2019
Waikato Society of Potters, Hamilton.

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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