The Portage Ceramic Awards exhibition offers an annual update on the state of ceramic practices in New Zealand. Established in 2001, the awards are the country’s best-known showcase of current directions in the field, as well as future possibilities. The 2016 judge is Janet DeBoos, an influential ceramic artist and teacher. Based in Canberra, Janet brings a wealth of experience to the awards, including a keen understanding of the social power of pottery and the varying contexts of production.
This year’s exhibition has 52 works, selected by Janet from a total of 234 entries. These 52 works are then eligible for a number of prizes on offer, as awarded by Janet. The premier Portage Ceramic Award carries a prize of $15,000. Up to three merit awards totaling $3000 are also on offer. This year’s prize selection includes a workshop at Peters Valley School of Craft, New Jersey, USA.
Like previous Portage Ceramic Awards exhibitions, this year’s selection provides a glimpse of the diversity of practice that exists in New Zealand. Janet DeBoos writes, “I offer you my choices, a varied and eclectic mix, and hope that you will share the pleasure I had in engaging with New Zealand ceramics, and that you will all argue for what choices you would have made if you were the judge.”
Image: Charade Honey, Urth DNA
11 November 2016 – 5 February 2017