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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:


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.

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

The Great Pottery Throwdown returns - Series 2

For the new series of The Great Pottery Throw Down, hosted by Sara Cox, ten home potters return to Stoke-on-Trent and compete to become the new champion of British pottery.

The judges, master-potter Keith Brymer Jones and ceramic-artist Kate Malone scrutinise their work over three gruelling challenges. For their Main Make, the potters throw and decorate an identical sixteen-piece dinner set.

Testing their technical prowess in the Spot Test, the potters must sponge decorate a coherent design across a pair of jugs. Hardly easy at the best of times, they must also do it in front of a special guest judge, one of the UK's most popular ceramic designers - Emma Bridgewater.

Their final challenge is the Throw Down, where the judges examine the potters' skill at the wheel, and they must throw the tallest cone they can in just 15 minutes.

On the final day, kiln man Rich Miller will remove the potters' dinner sets from the flames. The heat is on as they all want to win Pot of the Week and get their ceramics into The Great Pottery Throw Down gallery. But whose dinnerware will be the first to be displayed and who will be leaving?

You can watch the show on Sky Arts at 4pm on Mondays or on BBC

Wellclay Premier Award - Mandy Gargiulo - WaveBowl

The 59th National Exhibition is currently on show at Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre, 836 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. 

The following artists were winners in the CANZ 59th National Exhibition:

Wellclay Premier Award Mandy Gargiulo WaveBowl
CANZ Award Shannon Boyd Snowballs with Sunshine
Primo Clays Functional Excellence Award Jo Howard Sleeping Cat
Bot Pots Non-Functional Excellence Award Tammy Kuypers Xt+1=Kxt(-xt)(Chaos)
Nelson Potters Supplies Merit Award Margaret Sumich Handle with Care
Vessel First time Exhibitor Award Mike Page On reflection

Click the link below to see the full exhibition.

Click here to see a montage of images from the opening.

Sunday 23 September
Monday 24 September
Exhibition closes, buyers collect work till 4 pm
Remaining work to be collected or couriered

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

Ceramics NZ Touring Potters Scheme 2018 - Ben Carter (USA)

The Ben Carter workshops wrapped up at the end of May. This was a huge success and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part and embraced this opportunity. I would especially like to thank Ali Goodman, Nicola Dench and all the hard working workshop coordinators that helped make this happen. Also to everyone that offered accommodation, catering and your kind hospitality to Ben. Your support will allow us to grow this program and create more opportunities like this. We’ll keep you posted!

A gallery of photo’s from this tour is available for view on this website along with the full interview with Ben, (excerpt of this originally published in Ceramics NZ magazine Issue 1).

Click here to see the interview and photos.

If you have any photos you would like to share on this page please send them to our web administrator Lawrence at

Special thanks to Creative NZ

Ngā Mihi

Meagan Blake

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.

How celebrated artist John Parker crafted a life of pottery and theatre design

John Parker at home.

Kiwi ceramic artist and Sinophile John Parker is looking for a new life away from his beloved home and studio in the bush.

If you take a leap of faith and put your foot down, it’s possible, just, to drive up John Parker’s steep West Auckland driveway without coming to harm. If, as often happens, a visitor loses his or her nerve, the famed ceramic artist and theatre designer obliges with a pick-up at the gate and guns it up to the sprawling residence and studio set among Waiatarua’s lush green bush. The access may be challenging, but it’s worth the effort for the views, the hospitality and the visual feast of seeing his life’s work on display.

Click here to read the whole article by Clare de Lore / 11 August, 2018

What's On
The Rooms - a special exhibition at the Elms
Saturday August 4, 2018 - Wednesday October 24, 2018
15 Mission St, Tauranga
The Dunedin Art Show
Thursday November 1, 2018 - Sunday November 4, 2018
The Edgar Centre, Dunedin

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.
Click here to Join Ceramics NZ.

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