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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.

The Share A Cuppa Give-Away is now live!

Nominate someone who has shared, supported, and helped you during this year, pay the postage and packaging, and have one of these beautiful gift packs sent to them.

During Level 4 lockdown in April, 40 studio potters from all around Aotearoa were commissioned by Share a Cuppa to create four artisan tea cups. Each individual cup is now being packaged into a fabulous tea gift pack which includes a handcrafted cup made by a New Zealand studio potter, a hand-blended local tea made by Kaputī Studio, and a packet of artisan chocolates from Three Cups of Tea. 

The Give-Away is live on Felt.co.nz from 28th August and runs until 30th August.


Created in partnership with the Ceramics Association of New Zealand and Creative New Zealand 

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

Deconstructing Smisek: Work starts on shifting famous potter's kilns, brick by brick

Highway-builder, the NZ Transport Agency, has turned art deconstructor under consent conditions to complete an expressway. Two kilns, built and used over 40 years by late Kāpiti Coast potter Mirek Smisek are being pulled apart by the NZTA, and moved a smidge to the east. About 4000 bricks will be painstakingly taken down in the next fortnight and reassembled. Smisek’s two beehive kilns are believed to be the only ones of their kind in New Zealand, however, they sit in the way of the $405 million Peka Peka to Ōtaki expressway.

This article was written by Joel Maxwell for Stuff. It was submitted by Nicole Gaston.

You can read the full article by clicking here.


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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Health and safety guidelines for clubs and facilities re-opening under alert level 3

Consider any risks arising from restarting your club or facility that has been shut down during alert level 4, and how will you manage these?
Create a plan of how your club or facility will operate safely and comply with all the current alert level and health and safety requirements.

Your plan will need to cover the following:

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What's On
He Kakano - Stevei Houkamau
Saturday June 6, 2020 - Sunday November 8, 2020
Light Work - an exhibition by Alice Rose & Sue Scobie
Saturday September 5, 2020 - Saturday September 26, 2020
Form Gallery, 468 Colombo St, Christchurch
Popping the Bubble - an exhibition by Wakatipu Potters Group
Wednesday September 9, 2020 - Friday October 2, 2020
Echoes from Coromandel
Friday September 11, 2020 - Monday September 21, 2020
Academy Galleries
Art on the Quay - Celebration of Ceramics - Rangiora Pottery Group
Wednesday September 23, 2020 - Wednesday October 7, 2020
Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre - Cnr Williams St & Raven Quay - Kaiapoi
Art in Action
Thursday September 24, 2020 - Sunday October 11, 2020
New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
Open Ceramics Award - Quarry Arts Centre
Friday September 25, 2020 - Friday September 25, 2020
Quarry Arts Centre
UKU Clay Hawke's Bay 2020
Friday October 2, 2020 - Friday October 2, 2020
106 Russell St, Hastings
Woodstoke 2020
Thursday October 15, 2020 - Sunday October 18, 2020

Waikato Society of Potters 49th Annual Exhibition
Friday October 30, 2020 - Monday November 30, 2020
Artspost, Hamilton
Wellington Regional Arts Review
Saturday December 5, 2020 - Sunday January 17, 2021
Saturday October 23, 2021 - Saturday November 20, 2021
Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin
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Ceramics NZ Exhibitions

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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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