Ceramics Association of New Zealand

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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.

Rick Rudd Recognised for his Contribution to Ceramics

Richard Steward Rudd was mentioned in the paper this morning as having been awarded the MNZM (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit). His contribution to ceramic art has been outstanding.

Most notably the QUARTZ Museum of Ceramics in Wanganui was set up using the Rick Rudd Foundation. This museum of ceramics is the only museum in New Zealand. The Rick Rudd Foundation was set up in 2013 as a Charitable trust and in 2014 Rudd bought Munford House and gave it and his collection of studio ceramics to the foundation.

Click here to go to the web page for QUARTZ.

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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Kia Kapu Ti

Kia Ora tea drinkers! Kia Kapu Ti - Let’s Have a Cuppa, is a nationwide, lockdown-endorsed event brought to you by @feasttogether and the Ceramics Association of NZ.

After deciding to postpone the George Festival of Tableware, the team have thought long and hard about how to bring the festival to you at home whilst we navigate COVID 19 and daily life. More info in the coming days - so keep an eye on our website and facebook page or follow us on Instagram @kia_kapu_ti 

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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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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

What's On
Carnival a Sue Rutherford Exhibition
Friday June 5, 2020 - Sunday June 28, 2020
Hullabaloo art space, Cromwell Heritage Precinct
Saturday October 23, 2021 - Saturday November 20, 2021
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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