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NZ Potters - 50th Anniversary competition for tertiary ceramics students

At regular intervals NZ Potters has organised a competition for students enrolled in ceramics courses recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

The competitions have been run on this website. Eligible students are invited to enter three images of a work that they have completed unaided in the course of their studies.


Premier Award $750
Four Merit Awards of $250 each
A Members’ Choice Award of $350 to be voted on-line by members of NZ Potters.

Online entry – October 1, 2015

For more information about this competition download the following pdf files:

2015 Conditions of entry
2015 Entry Instructions
Previous Competitions

We have had Tertiary Student Competitions in 2005, 2007 and 2012
Click here to view past Student Competitions.

Click here to go to the 2015 Tertiary Students Competition

Colleen Waata Urlich

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Objectspace (Facebook) was saddened, and shocked, to hear of the passing of Colleen Waata Urlich late last week. Colleen, and her works, were at Objectspace when we staged, earlier this year, Uku Rere, the survey exhibition of the works of the Nga Kaihanga Uku group.

Colleen was the acknowledged ‘mother’ figure of this foundational grouping of Maori ceramics practitioners. In the last 10 days Nga Kaihanga Uku has lost two of its leaders, Colleen and internationally renowned maker Manos Nathan. This is a major loss for the Maori arts and ceramics communities. Objectspace acknowledges the powerful leadership and legacy of Colleen Waata Urlich.
Celebrated clay artist Manos Nathan passes away
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Manos Nathan (Te Roroa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua) has been long considered one of New Zealand’s leading artists.

Manos Nathan was of Māori and Cretan descent. The son of the late Eruera (Ned) Nathan and Katina Nathan (Nee Toraki), he was born in Rawene, Hokianga, in 1948, raised in Wekaweka, and subsequently moved to Wellington with his family in 1955. While he was known for ceramic arts, his background is in woodcarving and sculpture. Manos graduated from the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design in 1970. In the 1970s, he travelled overseas for three years before returning to New Zealand in 1977. In 1982 he was called home to the North by his kaumātua to carve the meeting house, Tuohu at Matatina Marae, Waipoua, on his tribal lands, where he later maintained his Ahi-ka-roa workshop and kiln.

NZ Potters - 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.

To see the mosaic page click here



Entries are now open for New Zealand’s premier ceramic event – The Portage Ceramic Awards. Established in 2001, The Portage Ceramic Awards is New Zealand’s premier showcase for ceramic arts. Administered by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, the awards are the country’s best-known barometer for developments in the field of ceramics.

Entries close on 23 August 2015
Finalists announced 2 November 2015
Awards evening on 12 November 2015
Portage Ceramic Awards exhibition at Te Uru from 13 November 2015 – 7 February 2016

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Registered as an incorporated society in 1965 by an enthusiastic group of potters in Wellington, New Zealand, NZ Potters (Inc.) 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.

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